Raised in the small, country music-obsessed town of Gore in the south of New Zealand, Laura Barton’s mother decided to rebel and become a violin teacher in order for Laura to learn. However, unable to escape her cultural heritage, Laura still had to compete in the Gold Guitars competition every year. From there, she escaped to the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, where she has recently completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours.
A passionate orchestral musician, Laura performed regularly with the majority of professional orchestras around New Zealand. Her recent orchestral highlights have been performing with the Australian World Orchestra, and as concertmaster of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. Laura is also a keen chamber musician and is involved with a number of ensembles, including the Tasman Trio and Duo VAARP. This year she is beginning a Master of Music Research through Griffith University, which combines her dual loves of violin and conducting.
Laura is also an advocate for the performance of New Zealand compositions. She has collaborated with several award-winning young composers on both solo and orchestral projects, and also a commissioned chamber work for Duo VAARP. She has conducted professional small ensembles premiering new works, and is the conductor at the Six Piano Project. When not in the practice room, Laura enjoys exploring the contemporary jazz scene and expanding her sock collection.
Student Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Jannie Brown, Elaine Canty AM, Pamela Dingle, Anthea Hill, Peter Moran, Richard O’Dwyer, Rowan Streiff
Image by Pia Johnson