Laura Andrade, age 17, graduated high school from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin Texas. She has been studying the cello for 12 years, 5 of which have been with Amy Levine-Tsang. Laura had been an active participant in the Austin Chamber Music Center for ten years, and had also been a member of the ACMC Scholarship Quartet under direction of violinist Richard Kilmer. Laura has been a student at several music festival and camps, such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, the Castleman Quartet Program, and Interlochen Arts Camp. In December 2011, Laura performed as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar under the baton of Jamie Laredo, where she performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall. She has also performed in solo master classes for cellists Steven Isserlis, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Thomas Landschoot, and Steven Doane. Additionally, Laura has studied chamber music with members of the Ying and Miró Quartets.
Laura has served as principal cellist of the TMEA region 18 orchestra and has been selected consecutively to the Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra for four years. Her achievements have been recognized with numerous awards, including the San Antonio “Future Stars” grand prize award, the “Pearl Amster Concerto Competition” winner with the Austin Civic Orchestra, and First Place of the KMFA Young Artists Competition of Austin Texas.
Outside of her life of classical music, Laura enjoys to play orchestral pop and rock with her Austin-based band called Mother Falcon, performing in various venues and music festivals around Austin including FunFunFun Fest and SXSW.
In the fall of 2012, Laura will be a freshman at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, under the direction of Steven Doane.