Friday, May 10, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford BC
Pianist Laura Altenmueller has performed in England, Austria, the United States, and across Canada. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Western University, which she completed on full scholarship under the tutelage of Stéphan Sylvestre. At Western University, she was a two-time Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient for her research and performance of Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin. She currently works in London, ON as the music director of Oakridge Presbyterian Church, in addition to performing as a collaborative pianist and teaching. She also directs several choirs and sings in Chor Amica in London.
Laura is from Abbotsford, BC, where she began her piano studies at the age of 4. She completed her ARCT in Piano Performance at the age of 18, receiving first class honours with distinction. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Victoria, where she studied with Michelle Mares. During her time at UVic, Laura performed in masterclasses for Angela Hewitt, Julian Bliss, Colin Tilney, and others. She was also active as a chorister, singing in Philomela Women’s Choir, UVic Chorus, and UVic Chamber Singers. She received many scholarships and awards, including the Musical Arts Scholarship, Betty and Gilbert Kennedy Scholarship in Music, and the 2015 Strauss Foundation Scholarship. In 2015, she spent four weeks studying piano in Salzburg, Austria at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum, with Frank Wibaut, Siegfried Mauser, and Robert D. Levin.
After completing her BMus at UVic, Laura completed her Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Ottawa, studying with David Jalbert. In summer 2017, she received a full scholarship to participate in PianoFest in the Hamptons, a prestigious 4-week program, where she studied with Paul Schenly, Pierre van der Westhuizen, and David Jalbert. In 2018, she had the opportunity to perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She has also received scholarships to attend numerous summer music programs, including Orford Musique, Adamant Music School, and Tuckamore Music Festival.