Personal Summary / Bio
Laura Thompson enjoys a career on both modern and historical instruments, and is also a teacher of the Suzuki Flute method. She was awarded grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2008 and 2010 for projects with Bacchanalia Baroque, and from the Northern Manhattan Arts Association in 2010 for a recording project consisting of early American concert music. Ms. Thompson graduated cum laud from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY, where she earned both Masters and Bachelors degrees in flute performance, as a of Samuel Baron and Keith Underwood. She then studied the baroque flute privately with Jed Wentz in Amsterdam, Holland. Laura has performed all over the United and in Europe; in New York she performs regularly with the Grand Tour Orchestra, the Trinity Bach soloists and with Bacchanalia. She gave a live performance on the Harvard University radio station prior to her debut at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2002, contributing to a lively discussion of the Telemann Fantasia that she presented there. Ms. Thompson’s love of opera has led her to performances with the Lyric Opera of New York; Di Capo Opera; and Amato Opera; Opera Ozarks in Arkansas; and the New OperaFestival di Roma of Rome, Italy. Ms Thompson has also appeared on renaissance flute in the vocal and choral productions of the New York Continuo Collective.