2017 Musicians & FellowsLaura Freier

Laura Freier is a violinist, born and raised in Bavaria, South Germany. She had her first violin lesson at the age of four, fascinated by music brought to her by her parents who work as music teachers at high school. She learned to love music by playing the violin but also by teaching herself to play piano.

During her high school years she gained experience in many youth orchestras, including as concertmaster. After graduating from high school she started a two year course at a German institute to become an ensemble and choir leader with a major in violin (approved by the state). Within these two years Laura decided to become a professional orchestral violinist, so she started to study violin at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT in Weimar, getting lessons from Prof. Anne-Kathrin Lindig. In 2014 she successfully auditioned to become a substitute violinist in the Staatskapelle des Deutschen Nationaltheaters Weimar, where she performed many symphonic concerts and many stagings of seven different operas, such as Lohengrin, Zauberflöte and Freischütz. Since 2015 she is a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.

Apart from being on stage Laura loves to bring music to all kinds of people. So she decided to join an organisation called Live Music Now (founded by Yehudi Menuhin) which brings music to people who aren´t able to come to public concerts. She´s had different performances in hospitals, hospices, special needs schools and even prisons. These weren´t easy experiences to make during her education, but also one of the best ones she´s ever had.

She decided to gather even more experience in her schooling by starting the Professional Performance Program at Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne in 2017.

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