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Laurie Smukler

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In addition to teaching violin and chamber music in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Laurie Smukler is an active soloist and recitalist who has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber musicians in the country. Some highlights include performances on the “Music for Mischa” series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Festival Chamber Music Society concerts at Merkin Hall, Da Camera of Houston concerts in Houston and Galveston, Bard Music Festival concerts at Bard College and in New York City, and the "“Collection in Concert” series at the Pierpont Morgan Library.

Ms. Smukler’s wide musical interests include contemporary music, and she has premiered works by many composers, including Ned Rorem, Morton Subotnik, Steven Paulus, Shulamit Ran, and Bruce Adolphe.

She is active as co-artistic director and performer in the “Collection in Concert” series, which presents mixed programs of works based on the Pierpont Morgan Library’s astounding collection of music manuscripts. Recent concerts have included posthumous premiers of works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rossini, Donizetti, Moscheles, and de Beriot.

Previous to her appointment at Purchase College, Ms. Smukler was a founding member and the First Violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. Her recordings with the Quartet include works by Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schoenberg, Weber, and Ran. A release on Music Master/Musical Heritage of two violin and viola repertoire with Ira Weller and Krista Bennion-Feeney is available.

Ms. Smukler teaches and performs at the prestigious Kneisel Hall Festival (Blue Hill, Maine) in the summer. She has been an invited guest at summer festivals across the U.S., including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chambermusic Northwest, Bard Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Skaneateles Festival, and Acadia Festival. Ms. Smukler plays a Petrus Guarnerius violin made in 1738.

Musical Education

  • Major Teachers:
    Ivan Galamian
    Don Weilerstein
    Dorothy Delay
    David Cerone
    Margaret Randall

  • Seminars and Master Classes:
    Robert Mann
    Eugene Lehner
    Mischa Schneider
    Menachem Pressler
    Franco Gulli
    Lillian Kallir
    Joseph Gingold
    Grant Johanessen
    Itzak Perlman
    Gregor Piatagorsky
    Szymon Goldberg

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