Native to Austin, Texas, cellist Laura Andrade has distinguished herself in diverse musical settings, performing an array of genres in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to Joe’s Pub and South by Southwest. Her achievements as a cellist have been recognized with numerous awards, including top prizes for competitions resulting in solo appearances with the San Antonio Symphony and the Austin Civic Orchestra.
Laura has appeared at many festivals including the Taos School of Music, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Colorado College Music Festival, Moritzburg Festival and the Castleman Quartet Program. As a part of the Juilliard Honors Chamber Music program, Laura is a member of the Elysian Quartet which received guidance from members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Her quartet has appeared in Alice Tully Hall.
Outside her life of teaching and performing classical music, Laura performs in her Austin-based orchestral pop band, Mother Falcon. Recently, the band has expanded beyond its base in Texas performing concerts in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., also appearing in National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk concert series.
Currently, Laura is based in New York City, pursuing her studies at Manhattan School of Music in orchestral performance under Alan Stepansky. Laura recently graduated with a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School with Natasha Brofsky and holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, received under the guidance of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott.