Laura Samuel

Laura has been with the London Bridge Ensemble since late 2010, is a member of Nash Ensemble, and was recently appointed leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Born in London in 1976, Laura studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music, London. Prizes include the Royal Over-Seas League, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Manoug Parikian Award and the TWIYCA Competition, resulting in her South Bank Recital debut. In 1994 she co-founded the Belcea Quartet and was a member for 16 years. The quartet won first prize in the Osaka and Bordeaux International Competitions. Worldwide tours included regular visits to the States, Far East and throughout Europe as well as a five-year residency at Wigmore Hall, London. Their numerous recordings for EMI Classics include Bartók, Janáček and Britten cycles as well as Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy and Ravel quartets and have won Gramophone, Midem, Edison and Echo Klassik Awards.

Laura’s recent solo performances included the Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Barber and  Prokofiev (2nd) Concertos. Laura has taught chamber music at the Guildhall and RNCM, and plays the ex-Nissel 1731 Stradivarius violin.

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