Jaime Laredo, Violin

Jaime Laredo, Violin

Performing for over six 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, Jaime 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 2015/2016 season, Laredo toured with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, giving the European premieres of André Previn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, with co-commissioners the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. North American performances of this work received raves. 2015/2016 also included conducting engagements with the Vermont Symphony, the Westchester Philharmonic, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra. 2016 marks the fifth year of Laredo’s tenure on the violin faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Laredo continues to tour as a member of the Kalichstein Laredo-Robinson Trio in recital for performances of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Among its numerous awards, the trio was named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year 2002.

In past seasons, 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, he 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.

For fifteen years, 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.

Laredo has recorded close to one hundred discs, received the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize, and has been awarded seven Grammy nominations. 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 Virtuoso!, a collection of favorite violin encores with pianist Margo Garrett. Laredo has also recorded extensively with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. The Trio’s most recent release on Azica, “Passionate Diversions,” includes the Piano Trio, Septet and quintet written for them by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Laredo has also released an album with Sharon Robinson and the Vermont Symphony entitled “Triple Doubles,” which includes three double concertos dedicated to the duo.

A recent project titled “Two x Four” celebrates the relationship between the teacher and the student through music. With his colleague and former student Jennifer Koh, Laredo performed the double concertos by J.S. Bach, Philip Glass, and two newly commissioned concertos by composers Anna Clyne and David Ludwig with the Delaware Symphony, the IRIS orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Curtis Orchestra. The recording of this acclaimed project was released by Cedille Records in 2014.

In demand worldwide as a conductor and a soloist, Laredo, who has held the position of Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra since 2000, and has completed his second season as Principal Conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic. In 2009, Mr. Laredo and his wife were named the Artistic Directors of the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born in Bolivia, Jaime Laredo resides in Guilford, VT and Cleveland, OH.

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