photo by Peter Freeman

Laura Sewell, cellist

Artaria cellist, Laura Sewell, is a seasoned chamber musician who has been mentored by and performed with some of the most distinguished artists of our time. As a student she studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, American, Guarneri and Budapest Quartets, as well as with Felix Galimir, Josef Gingold, James Buswell and Timothy Eddy. She has participated in festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood, Meadowmount, Interlochen, Congress of Strings, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Leonard Rose, and her master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Alan Harris. She has done additional cello study with Ronald Leonard, Laszlo Varga and Gabor Rejto, and has performed in master classes with Janos Starker and Bernard Greenhouse. Laura also had the unique opportunity, at the age of 17, to spend half a year in London studying with Jacqueline duPre. She has collaborated in chamber music performances with Cho-Liang Lin, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Samuel Rhodes, Joseph Swenson, and Paul Neubauer, among others. In the early eighties, Laura was a founding member of the award-winning Lark Quartet. During her tenure in the group, the quartet won the bronze medal at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School, and had a teaching residency at San Diego State University. After leaving the quartet, she returned to her native Minnesota where she has had an active and varied musical career. She performs as a substitute cellist with both the Minnesota and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, the Bakken Trio, and the Musical Offering. Laura has been a cello soloist with the Dubuque Symphony, the St. Cloud Symphony, the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition, she performs in a duo with renowned jazz pianist, Butch Thompson, and the two have appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” on several occasions. She is also a regular member of the Isles Chamber Ensemble in Minneapolis and has served on the faculties of Augsburg College, the MacPhail Center for the Arts, and the Madeline Island Music Camp. Laura served on the board of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for chamber musicians, from 2000-2008 and was chair of the board for four years.

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