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Jaime Laredo


Performing for over five decades before audiences across the globe, Jaime Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist, pedagogue and chamber musician. Since his stunning orchestral debut at the age of 11 with the San Francisco Symphony, he has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances. That debut inspired one critic to write: “In the 1920’s it was Yehudi Menuhin; in the 1930’s it was Isaac Stern; and last night it was Jaime Laredo.” His education and development were greatly influenced by his teachers Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, as well as by private coaching with eminent masters Pablo Casals and George Szell. At the age of 17, Laredo won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition, launching his rise to international prominence. With 2009 marking the 50th anniversary of his prize, he was honored to sit on the Jury for the final round of the Competition.

In the 2013-14 season, Laredo tours as conductor, soloist and as a member of the award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. A current project, Two x Four, celebrates the relationship between teacher and student through music. Laredo, with his colleague and former student Jennifer Koh, performs Double Violin Concertos by JS Bach, Philip Glass and two newly commissioned works by composers Anna Clyne and David Ludwig. Along with LACO, the Curtis Institute, IRIS orchestra, Chicago, Vermont, Delaware and Alabama symphonies, the Kennedy Center and Miller Theater (NY) are participants in this project. A new double concerto, written for him and cellist Sharon Robinson by Andre Previn is forthcoming.

Laredo has recorded close to 100 discs, including a Grammy Award-winning disc of Brahms Piano Quartets with Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma. His numerous recordings range from the complete Bach Sonatas with Glenn Gould (CBS/RCA) to Triple Doubles, an album with Sharon Robinson and the Vermont Symphony which includes three double concerto premieres by Daron Hagen, Richard Danielpour and David Ludwig (BRIDGE, 2011).

In demand worldwide as a conductor and a soloist, Laredo has held the position of music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra since 1999. In 2009 Laredo and his wife were named the artistic directors of the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, Ohio. His stewardships of the annual New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis have become beloved educational pillars of the string community. A principal figure at the Marlboro Music Festival in years past, he has also been involved at Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as festivals in Italy, Spain, Finland, Greece, Israel, Austria, Switzerland and England.

Born in Bolivia, Jaime Laredo resides in Guilford, VT and Cleveland, OH, with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson.

Jaime Laredo

photo Christian Steiner

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