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Laurel now offers private violin and viola lessons online via Skype! Learn about lessons with Laurel via Skype

Download Laurel’s Book/video courses through String Letter Publishing: “Improve Your Bowing Technique”

and “Improve Your Violin and Viola Technique”


Laurel Thomsen

Violin & Viola Performance, Instruction, & Recording



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Welcome to LaurelThomsen.com!

Classically trained violinist and violist Laurel Thomsen enjoys performing, composing, improvising, and studio recording across a variety of genres and with ensembles ranging from orchestras to bands and singer-songwriters. Laurel is frequently sought for her ability to add depth and emotion to all types of music and her knack for creating infectious melodies. Most recently she’s toured across the US and Canada as the duo Dan and Laurel, logging 25,000 miles and over 130 concerts in 2013 alone.

Laurel has enjoyed a thriving violin, fiddle, and viola lessons studio in Monterey and Santa Cruz, California since 1996, and since 2009, as reported by the New York Times, to students from New York and Texas to Hong Kong and Africa, online via Skype. She’s the creator and host of the popular Violin Geek Podcast with over 75,000 downloads and counting, a regular contributor of string technique articles for Strings magazine, and author of Improve Your Bowing Technique, and Improve Your Violin and Viola Technique, beginner through advanced level multi-media guides available through String Letter Publishing. 

Please enjoy the wealth of music and information on this site. Explore, as Laurel has, the various avenues a musical life has to offer.


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Laurel Thomsen

Violin & Viola Performance, Instruction, Recording

“...a terrific violinist and accompanist...I can hardly wait to hear more...”

~Les Siemieniuk

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Enjoy Laurel’s 2013 EP, featuring six original compositions spanning Classical, Gypsy Jazz, Celtic, and Bluegrass.