Artistic Director and Violin
British violinist Laura Rickard is a versatile young musician who enjoys bringing music to the widest possible audience. She recently graduated with a First-Class Honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music studying with Professors Erich Gruenberg and Remus Azoitei having previously spent a year reading music at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Laura enjoys an active performing career with recent performances of concertos by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Sibelius and she gave her international debut with the Michoacan State Symphony Orchestra.
As a keen orchestral player Laura spent two years as co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, was leader of the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra and has taken part in side-along projects with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic. Laura also studied baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen and was chosen to join the RAM Baroque Soloists on a joint tour with the Juilliard School as well as performing at Wigmore Hall with Rachel Podger.
Laura also enjoys chamber music and has participated in masterclasses with Levon Chilingirian, the Henschel Quartet and the Brodsky Quartet. As a member of the Verano String Quartet, Laura was a laureate at the San Miguel International Competition. In 2015 Laura formed the Mila Piano Trio who recently gave their St. John’s Smith Square debut and were finalists of the St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music competition. She held a fellowship at the 2014 Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, USA and was invited to the Orpheus Chamber Music Festival, Vienna 2015-2017.
Laura grew up in Romsey and attended Romsey Abbey Primary School, she played in Romsey Area Schools String Orchestra, led Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and was on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course at Peter Symonds, so is delighted to be Artistic Director and founder of the Romsey Chamber Music Festival.