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Laura Baxter

Laura Baxter is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in London after having completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2003.

Laura began her studies at the RSA as a solo pianist, but soon became interested in accompanying and chamber music. She formed several duos with instrumentalists and singers, taking part in numerous student performances and competitions, including the Dunbar-Gerber Prize for Strings and Piano, the Kohn Ireland Competition and the Lieder Prize. Upon her graduation Laura was awarded the Alex Menzies Memorial Awards for her work as an accompanist. She performed regularly in the Glasgow University Concert series, playing with many duos and ensembles as well as Symposia, a locally-based contemporary music ensemble.

As a student at the Junior RSAMD, Laura studied both piano and violin jointly, and played violin in many chamber groups as well as performing as a soloist. Laura was a long-serving member of both the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Camerata Scotland, performing in the Concertegebau in Amsterdam, Berlin and at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. It was during this time that Laura had her first experience of being an orchestral pianist, playing with NYOS for Schittke's Cello Concerto with Alexander Baillie. She has since performed on Numerous occasions in this capacity, at the RSAMD and more recently in the orchestras of RAM. Laura continued to study violin throughout her degree at the RSAMD, but decided to concentrate principally on piano accompaniment and orchestral playing.

Laura has been privileged to receive tuition and coaching from numerous performers and teachers in all areas of the music profession. At RSAMD she studies with Jean Hutchinson and Fali Pavri, and took part in masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau. These experiences inspired Laura to pursue accompaniment at a full-time, professional level, and she chose to accept the scholarship offered to her by the RAM in December 2002. Laura now studies with Iain Ledingham and Michael Young, and through working with fellow students she receives coaching from professors of other instrumental and vocal specialists. At the beginning of her second year of postgraduate study Laura was a rehearsal pianist for the Royal Academy Opera production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute". As a result of her involvement with the RAO Laura created partnerships with several of its members giving performances and taking part in competitions enabling her to go on to win the Brenda Webb Award for accompanists in January 2005.

events in 2010 with Laura Baxter
  Date Day Time Location Event Details
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11Thu12.45 pmAberdeenRichard Craig, flute and Laura Baxter, piano