Italy, 1975
Performer (violin)

Laura Andriani studied at the Conservatory of Music G Verdi in Torino where she graduated in Violin aged 17 under the tuition of Elena Guizzardi. Then she studied with Franco Gulli, Adelina Oprean (Solisten-Diplom at the Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland) and Salvatore Accardo (Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona).

First violin of the Andriani Quartet she studied in England (Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh and Royal Academy of Music in London), in Austria (Musikhochschule Wien) and in Italy (Scuola di Musica di Fiesole) with members of the Amadeus Quartet, Smetana Quartet and Quartetto Italiano.

Besides her musical life, she graduated in Humanities with the highest grade at the Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy).

Since she was ten years old, Laura won first prizes in important italian competitions.

In 1997 she won the most important italian competition for violin in Vittorio Veneto and at the XLIV International Violin Competition Premio Paganini in Genova, she obtained unanimously the Special Prize for the best interpretation of the XX century violin composition playing the Sequenza VIII by Luciano Berio.

In 2003, she participated at the Concours international de Montréal: she was the only italian violinist admitted and obtained a big success entering to the finals which were live broadcasted by Radio Canada, Art Tv and diffused by internet.

In January 2010 the CD Chants de terre et de ciel, with music by Messiaen, realized with Robert Kortgaard and Suzie LeBlanc, won the Opus Prize.

Laura played as soloist with Basler Sinfonie-Orchester, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orquesta Sinfonica del Nuevo Mundo in Mexico, Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. As a chamber music player, she performed in Europe (Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Holland, England, Czech Republic), United States, Canada, China and Korea. She also played in groups specialized in the performance of contemporary music (Sentieri Selvaggi and Divertimento Ensemble) and she played in the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Teatro Regio di Torino and OCI (Italian Chamber Orchestra).

Since the summer 2003, Laura Andriani is the first violin of the Alcan Quartet.

Laura Andriani’s performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto was lyrical and poetic. Although her playing reminded the listener that she hails from Italy — where lyricism in violin playing remains highly cherished and cultivated — she is an individual, with a manner of expression uniquely her own. Andriani’ s originality and affinity for the new was recognized in 1997 for her performance of Luciano Berio’ s Sequenza VIII at the Premio Nicolò Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa. Throughout this competition, Andriani again made it clear that she does not merely re-iterate the precepts of old traditions. The sense of individuality and newness that infuses her artistry makes her worth watching and listening to. — La Scena Musicale, 2003, 5 June (Critique by Piotr Gawek and Mary Katharine Wallbridge-Gawek)