Biography

Laura Thompson

M.M., B.M., Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York, her teachers included Samuel Baron and Keith Underwood, with further studies on baroque flute with Sandra Miller, and with Jed Wentz in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She trained in the Suzuki Flute method and received her teacher certification through Suzuki Flute Book 8 with Toshio Takahashi, Kenichi Ueda and Rebecca Paluzzi in Tennessee, and with David Gerry in Ontario, Canada. 


Laura enjoys a career on both modern and historical instruments. She is the recipient of grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2008 and 2010 for her work with Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble, as well as from the Northern Manhattan Arts Association in 2010 for a recording of early American flute music.  She has also won grants from the New York State Council on the Arts in 2017 and 2018 for her work with the Ouluska Pass Chamber Music Ensemble and with Bacchanalia Baroque.  She performed live on WHRB, the Harvard University radio station prior to her debut at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2002. 


Laura plays throughout the New York area on both modern and baroque instruments. Recent engagements include performances with Mid-Atlantic Opera, The Green Mountain Opera Festival, The New York Chamber Players, The Garden State Philharmonic, NJCU Orchestra, The Grand Tour Orchestra, Mondonville Baroque, The Strathmere Festival Orchestra,  The Lyric Opera of New York, Opera Ozarks, Di Capo Opera, New Opera Festival di Roma, Amato OperaThe Ouluska Pass Chamber Music Ensemble, and Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble. Laura can also been heard playing renaissance flutes in the opera productions of the New York Continuo Collective.


Laura is director of the Suzuki Flute program and flute instructor at the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. She was Young Artist Teacher and Assistant Mentor of Flute at the Manchester Music Festival and the Rockland Summer Institute in Rockland County, NY. She is past flute faculty at the Thurnauer School of Music, the Amati Conservatory both in Tenafly, NJ., and the Rhoda Grundman Music School at the Riverdale YM-YWHA. Laura now teaches privately in Manhattan.