Passionate about not only sharing her music on stage and in the studio, but helping the broader string community, Laurel is the creator and host of the popular Violin Geek Podcast and Blog, a regular contributor of string technique and practice articles for Strings magazine, author of Improve Your Bowing Technique, and Improve Your Violin and Viola Technique, and created and published the world’s first comprehensive online vibrato course, Complete Vibrato Mastery.
Laurel thrives on teamwork and collaboration. Whether as part of a duo, a six-piece band, or an orchestra, she transitions seamlessly from a soloistic approach to a supporting role. Beyond her musical talents, Laurel's poise and professionalism have earned her consistent respect and admiration from musical collaborators, audiences, and students. Her elegant stage presence and sharp musical executions combine with a delightful charm that readily appeals to all generations.
When she's not playing or teaching
music, Laurel enjoys hiking to the tops of mountains and observing the creatures she comes across in their natural environment, learning languages and exploring foreign cultures, savoring tea and conversation with friends, making tacos and experiencing ethnic flavors, and researching how the body and mind work, and could work more effectively and efficiently.
Laurel's violin and viola playing style are praised not only for her masterful technique and sweet tone, but for her extraordinary ability to convey emotion. Laurel hears music as a story, and when she plays or sings, vivid imagery and deep feeling move her beyond the auditory. She experiences music as a form of dynamic communication with her collaborators, her audience, her students, and her inner self.