LAURA COLGATE has joined the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster. She begins as concertmaster of both the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and South Carolina’s Greenville Symphony Orchestra in the 2018-2019 season. She frequently performs as a substitute with orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN. She recently completed a doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Music, focusing her thesis on women composers. In March 2018 Colgate co-founded the Boulanger Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization for women composers. Colgate studied at the Conservatory in Luzern, Switzerland, and in the professional quartet training program with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne, Germany. While working towards a master’s degree at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2007, she focused on classical improvisation and performed a solo recital of improvised Mozart sonatas. Colgate attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, completed her undergraduate degree in 2006 at the New England Conservatory, and received a graduate diploma from NEC in 2009.

Posted October 17, 2018