LAURA HAMILTON is Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. During her 33-year tenure with the Metropolitan, she has led hundreds of performances with distinguished maestri such as Nezet-Seguin, Gergiev, Luisi, Gatti, and Levine. 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 Maestro Georg Solti. 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. As a chamber musician, 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. In the summers, she performs as concertmaster for Classical Tahoe, Festival Napa Valley, and the Mayshad Festival in Morocco. She has appeared as guest concertmaster for the Seattle Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera, and the Adelaide Symphony in Australia.In 2014, while on leave from the MET, Laura served for one season as concertmaster with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, resident ensemble at the Sydney Opera House. A highlight of her Sydney experience was a gala concert at the Opera House with famed tenor Jonas Kaufmann; her rendition of Massenet’s Meditation from Thais garnered rave reviews praising her “radiant,” “serenely beautiful interpretation.”
Laura Hamilton teaches at New York University. She has been visiting faculty at New World Symphony, Manhattan School of Music, and at Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy.
Laura and her husband, cellist Lanny Paykin, reside in Oakland, New Jersey.
Concertmaster Laura Hamilton’s appearance and leadership are generously supported by Steven and Florence Goldby.