Laura Hamilton, Lake Tahoe SummerFest Concertmaster 2016
LAURA HAMILTON is Acting Co-Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. During her 28-year tenure with the Metropolitan, she has led hundreds of performances with distinguished maestri such as Levine, Gergiev, Luisi and Nezet-Seguin. She has been concertmaster for many of the Met's popular “Live in HD” videocasts, including Carmen, Parsifal, Turandot, Faust, Salome, and Madama Butterfly. Previously a member of the Chicago Symphony, she appeared with that orchestra as concerto soloist with Sir Georg Solti at the podium. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Laura is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where she was the Nathan Milstein Scholarship recipient. She has performed in the Marlboro, Manchester, and Bard Music Festivals, in summer festivals in Norway and Greece, and on the Met Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall with James Levine and colleagues. She was concertmaster of the Berkshire Opera in the summers of 2001 through 2005, where she first collaborated with Maestro Joel Revzen. She has been delighted to renew the artistic partnership as concertmaster for Lake Tahoe SummerFest, since the festival's inception in 2012. In December 2013, Laura went on leave from the MET in order to take a position of concertmaster with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, resident ensemble at the Sydney Opera House. While in Sydney, she was featured soloist performing Massenet's Meditation from Thais in a gala concert at the Opera House with famed tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Laura Hamilton is on the faculty of New York University.