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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 eleven 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 1920s it was Yehudi Menuhin; in the 1930s 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 seventeen, Mr. Laredo won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition, launching his rise to international prominence. With 2009 marking the 50thanniversary of his prize, he was honored to sit on the Jury for the final round of the Competition.

In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Laredo continues to tour both as a soloist and as a member of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, including conducting engagements with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. 2013 also marks the second year of his tenure as a member of the violin faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music. During the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Laredo celebrated his 70th birthday with engagements at the 92nd Street Y with colleagues, family, and friends. Mr. Laredo and Sharon Robinson recently gave the world premiere of a commission by Richard Danielpour dedicated to and inspired by their marriage, entitled Inventions on a Marriage, which explores in “musical snapshots” the bond of long-term relationships. In past seasons Mr. Laredo has conducted and performed with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Abroad, Mr. Laredo has performed with the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which he led on two American tours and in their Hong Kong Festival debut. His numerous recordings with the SCO include Vivaldi's Four Seasons (which stayed on the British best-seller charts for over a year), Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream and "Italian," and "Scottish" Symphonies, Beethoven's Violin Concerto, Rossini overtures, and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll.

The 2011-2012 season also marked Jaime Laredo’s 35th anniversary as the violinist of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. The Trio celebrated its three-and-a-half decades together with a national tour and three new commissions by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, André Previn, and Stanley Silverman. Founded by Mr. Laredo, Sharon Robinson, and pianist Joseph Kalichstein in 1976, the Trio performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y in New York, and the Kennedy Center, where they are the ensemble in residence. They have toured internationally to cities that include Lisbon, Hamburg, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, and Melbourne. The trio was named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year 2002.

For fifteen years, Mr. Laredo was violist of the piano quartet consisting of renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, celebrated violinist Isaac Stern, and distinguished cellist Yo-Yo Ma, his close colleagues and chamber music collaborators. Together, the quartet recorded nearly the entire piano quartet repertoire on the SONY Classical label, including the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Fauré, and Brahms, for which they won a Grammy Award.

Mr. Laredo has recorded close to one hundred discs, received the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize, and has been awarded seven Grammy nominations. Mr. Laredo's discs on CBS and RCA have included the complete Bach Sonatas with the late Glenn Gould and a KOCH International Classics album of duos with Ms. Robinson featuring works by Handel, Kodaly, Mozart, and Ravel. His releases on the Dorian label include Schubert's complete works for violin and piano with Stephanie Brown, and the Virtuoso! collection of favorite violin encores with pianist Margo Garrett. Other releases include Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Concertone with Cho-Liang Lin for Sony. In May 2000, KOCH released the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio's two-CD set of the chamber works of Maurice Ravel, following the complete trios and sonatas of Shostakovich. More recently, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has released multi-disc sets of the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Schubert Piano Trios. Mr. Laredo has also released an album on Bridge with Sharon Robinson and the Vermont Symphony entitled Triple Doubles that includes three double concertos dedicated to the Duo: Daron Hagen’s Masquerade, a new, fully-orchestrated version of Richard Danielpour’s A Child’s Reliquary (originally written as a piano trio for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio), and David Ludwig’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra. The next major endeavor for the husband-wife duo is a Double Concerto written for them by André Previn; premiere performances are scheduled to begin in November 2014.

A recent project entitled Two x Four celebrates the relationship between the teacher and the student through music. With his colleague and former student Jennifer Koh, Mr. Laredo kicked off the inaugural season with the Delaware Symphony by performing the double concerti for two violins by J.S. Bach, Philip Glass, and two newly commissioned concerti by composers Anna Clyne and David Ludwig. Subsequent performances have taken the duo to the IRIS Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Kennedy Center, and the Miller Theater of Columbia University. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Alabama Symphony are on the schedule for this season, and a recording of the project on Cedille Records is forthcoming.

Recognized internationally as a sought-after violin teacher, Mr. Laredo has fostered the education of violinists that include Leila Josefowitz, Hillary Hahn, Jennifer Koh, Ivan Chan, Soovin Kim, Pamela Frank, and Bella Hristova. After 35 years of teaching at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and 7 years at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music, he teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his wife cellist Sharon Robinson also holds a teaching position. Additionally, Mr. Laredo is celebrating his 20th year as the conductor of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, which brings young musicians from around the world to the stage every December.

In demand worldwide as a conductor and a soloist, Mr. Laredo has held the position of Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra since 1999. In 2009 Mr. Laredo and his wife were named the Artistic Directors of the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, Ohio.

As former Artistic Director of New York's renowned Chamber Music at the Y series, Mr. Laredo created an important forum for chamber music performances and developed a devoted following. 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