Places Lived: Grew up in West Hartford, CT. Went to college in Boston before moving to New York for Master’s. Lived here ever since and wondering when I can start to officially call myself a New Yorker.
Favorite BoR Song: “The Accidental Death of Effie”
Why? The juxtaposition of heavy rock rhythms with beautiful harmonies.
Musical Influences: Ravel and Radiohead.
Favorite Cuisine: Japanese.
Quirks: I am a terrible athlete. I can beatbox. I am a lifelong vegetarian. I don’t own a TV.
Best Part of Being in BoR: The liberating feeling of performing without music in front of me.
Worst Part of Being in BoR: Feedback.
Activities Outside BoR: Traveling, reading things on my Kindle, not cooking, exploring my city, climbing mountains, drinking delicious coffee.
Cellist Laura Metcalf lauded for her “sensitive, melodic touch” (Blog Critics Magazine) is active as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher. Laura has been a soloist with the One World Symphony, Ensemble 212 Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa, and performed solo recitals on the Hewlett-Woodmere Gold Series, Church of Beeethoven, Shandelee Music Festival, Livingston Music Club, and WMP Strad for Lunch Series. She is a member of Sybarite5, a unique string quintet with whom she has performed in the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, and many other venues. Sybarite5’s latest album has reached the top 10 on the Billboard Charts, and has been featured repeatedly on NPR’s Performance Today. She is a member of Ten O’Clock Classics, a chamber ensemble with whom she toured 27 cities nationwide in 2010, and has recently been appointed to the conductorless string ensemble Salome Chamber Orchestra. She founded the Ansonia Piano Trio, which won the Grand Prize Winners of the 2009 Rutenberg Competition, and which has been praised for its “tremendous musical range” and “consummate skill.”
She has appeared on the Festival Chamber Music series at Weill and Merkin Halls, collaborating with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, and has also performed chamber music in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, the Chateau de Fontainebleau in France, the French Consulate, le poisson rouge, the Tenri Institute, and others. She has attended the Aspen, Taos and Sarasota Music Festivals, the London Masterclasses, the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau (France) and been repeatedly invited to IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses and Open Chamber Music. Laura has appeared on the Today Show, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, and the View, and at the US Open. Laura received her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Timothy Eddy and was awarded the James E. Hughes award. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where, as recipient of the prestigious Trustee Scholarship, she was the winner of the 2003 Bach Competition.