British violinist Laura Rickard studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music and now enjoys an active performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has recently performed concertos by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, and Sibelius and she gave her international debut with the Michoacan State Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights include performing as a soloist at Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room and giving the world premiere of Robert Peate’s Concerto for Violin and Double Orchestra in 2018. As a founding member of the Mila Piano Trio, Laura has performed at major venues around the UK and further afield. Recent successes include winning first prize at Verao Classico, reaching the finals of the St. Martin-in-the-Fields competition and performing at St. John’s Smith Square. In demand as a chamber musician and orchestral principal, Laura is regularly invited to play at festivals including Winchester, Montesinho, San Miguel de Allende, Atlantic (USA) and Presteigne.
Laura has a keen interest in historical performance, she studied baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen and she regularly performed with the Academy Baroque Soloists, including on a tour with the Juilliard School and Rachel Podger. More recently Laura has toured Europe and Asia with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Laura is the Artistic Director of the Romsey Chamber Music Festival, an annual festival which brings international artists to her home town, provides a busy education programme which has reached over 2000 children in Hampshire, and commissions young emerging composers. Laura is especially grateful to Arts Council England which has enabled RCMF to continue working throughout the pandemic.
Laura completed her Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in 2020 which was generously funded by the Academy and the Craxton Memorial Trust and was was awarded a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. She has recently been appointed as the Meaker Fellow in Violin at the Academy.
MILA PIANO TRIO
The Mila Piano Trio is a UK-based ensemble who met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music in 2015. Recent performances have included debuts at St. John’s Smith Square and at St Martin-in-the-Fields as finalists of the 2018 Chamber Music competition, as well as performances across the UK and Portugal. The trio won first prize at Verao Classico in Lisbon in August 2018 and have won prizes in the Isaacs and Pirani Competition and in the RAM’s Historical Women prize.
The Mila Piano Trio is also involved in educational work, recently working with Water City Music giving workshops and concerts to students in Southwark as well as working in schools in London, Cotswolds, Winchester and Romsey.
Graduates of The Royal Academy of Music, their chamber music tutors have included Amandine Savary, Levon Chilingirian, Michael Bochman and Felix Schmidt and have received masterclasses from Guy Johnston and Sun-Won Yang and Alasdair Beatson. The Mila Piano Trio is currently a member of ChamberStudio at Kings Place where they are mentored by Adrian Brendel. They have also been attending MusicWorks with Catherine Manson and James Boyd and look forward to further masterclasses within the scheme.
ROMSEY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Laura founded the Romsey Chamber Music Festival in 2018 and is the Artistic Director. It is a celebration of chamber music which takes place in late April each year. The festival welcomes international award winning young artists to Romsey for a series of concerts which highlight both well known and lesser known masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire. The Festival aims to make performances of the highest quality accessible to the widest audience and has a broad programme of educational work with local schools. It is a registered charity.
Laura is passionate about encouraging others to achieve their musical potential. Laura’s students range from four-year olds to adults and teaches students from beginners up to postgraduates standard. Her violin pedagogy is highly influenced by the Colour Strings method and the teachings of Zoltan Kodaly as well as by her teachers Bahram Sadr-Salek, Remus Azoitei and Erich Gruenberg on violin and Marion Maxey and Roger Owens on piano. She holds the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) for Violin teaching.
Laura currently teaches at King's College, London, and is the Meaker Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music. She also teaches at Macfarlanes LLP, Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills alongside her private studio. Recent student successes include entrance scholarships to leading schools, places in the National Children’s Orchestra as well as top marks in ABRSM exams.
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