Laura Comini

Second Violin

Comini, Laura - Biography

Italian-born violinist Laura Comini has performed in the most famous festivals in Europe such as the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival, the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Bregenz Festival and the Edinburgh Festival and has taken part in concerts in the most renowned concert halls of the world such as Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Royal Albert Hall and Barbican in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Tonhalle in Zürich, Festspielhaus in Salzburg and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

Laura studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna under Ernst Kovacic and later at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold (Germany) under Ulrike-Anima Mathé where she received both her Diploma and Masters Degree. She also studied intensively with Erich Höbarth in Vienna and Daniel Phillips in New York. She regards both musicians as the artists who have most influenced her violin playing. In 2011 she participated at the IMS Prussia Cove where she was taught by Gerhard Schulz.

One of the personalities, to whom she is most thankful for her artistic development, is András Schiff, with whom she worked on solo and chamber music pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn and Schubert in a series of master classes given by Maestro Schiff during the course of her studies at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. András Schiff invited Laura to join his orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, in a series of concerts in Salzburg, Athens and Vicenza.

Laura was appointed a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2014, and also collaborates with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Bern and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra invited her to join them in their annual residency at the Bregenz Festival. Laura was Sub-principal 2nd Violin of the Mozarteumorchester in Salzburg with whom she performed intensively at the Salzburg Festival, the Mozartwoche and on tour in South America and China.

Deeply interested in the chamber music repertoire, she has studied with Menahem Pressler, Eberhard Felz, Arnold Steinhard, András Schiff, Erich Höbarth, Johannes Meissl and the members of the Auryn Quartet. Laura was also invited to play at the Zermatt Festival by the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philhamonic.

In 2013 she founded a trio together with the pianist Alberto Carnevale Ricci and the horn-player Davide Citera who’s first CD will appear in 2015. She also performs with Liv Heym, Mark Braithwaite, Tim Smedley and Meike Leluschko.

Laura is the recipient of a grant from the Alumni Verein of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and has performed live with pianist Yukiko Hirayama on WDR 3 in Cologne.