Ali Hollins(formerly Milnes) studied at the University of East Anglia, gaining a BA (Hons) in Music, before moving to Manchester to study Violin Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded a Post-Graduate diploma.
Ali also performed in the Tipping String Quartet with fellow DECO member, Rod Skipp and they were awarded a Distinction for chamber music. She studied for many years with David Gregory of the CBSO, before being taught by Jonathan Morton at RNCM. After her time in Manchester, Ali then studied the violin in London with Gina Beukes of the LSO.
During her years of study, Ali performed in Italy and Austria and also took part in orchestral workshops with conductors Sir Colin Davis and Jiri Belohlavek. She currently works at Forest Arts Centre in Walsall as a violin teacher, and for two years held the position of Head of Strings at Alderley Edge School for girls.
Ali has been a member of DECO since its debut concert in January 2009, and also plays for the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the ISIS string quartet.