Laura is a postgraduate violinist studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Professor Gabrielle Lester. She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class BMus honours degree. Her previous teachers include Professor Benedict Holland, Detlef Hahn and Lyn Fletcher.


As a soloist, Laura was a finalist in the RNCM Norman George Scholarship competition, in 2018 and 2016. In the North London Festival, she was a Prizewinner in the 2018 D’Addario String Competition, and runner-up in her violin recital category, 2019. She holds an ABRSM Diploma in Violin Performance and advanced to the Strings Category Auditions in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, 2014. Solo performances with orchestra include Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, and Beethoven’s Romance in F. Laura has been selected for masterclasses with Yair Kless, Elena Urioste, Mauricio Fuks, Frederieke Saeijs and Ning Feng.


Awarded a Cambridge University Instrumental Award Scheme Scholarship for chamber music, her piano trios have performed nationwide. Her violin and piano duo performed in the RNCM Monday Recital Series, 2019. She has been selected for RNCM Spotlight concerts as both a soloist and chamber musician, performing virtuosic works such as Ysaÿe Sonata No.3 and Ravel’s Duo Sonata for violin and cello. She has represented the RNCM as a recitalist across the country.

Laura has held appointments as leader of the RNCM First Year String Orchestra, leader of RNCM Strings Festival Dove Orchestra, co-leader of the RNCM Symphony Orchestra and co-leader of the Cambridge University Musical Society Symphony Orchestra. Laura has also undertaken freelance work with the Hallé Orchestra. She was leader of the Hallé Youth Orchestra for two years. As part of her orchestral experience, Laura has been privileged to work with esteemed conductors including Sir Mark Elder and Jac van Steen.


Laura also has a keen interest in music theory. At the age of thirteen, the ABRSM awarded her the Hedy King Robinson prize for music theory and the following year, Laura achieved a distinction in her AMusTCL Diploma from Trinity College London. Interested in contemporary music, Laura recently collaborated on a new commission for the Northern Ballet School with RNCM composer, Heléna Walsh.


Laura plays an 1876 violin by George Gemunder, and is proud to be supported by Help Musicians UK.


Laura Embrey Violinist