The National Philharmonic, in North Bethesda, Maryland, has this week announced the appointment of American violinist Laura Colgate as its new Concertmaster.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory and the University of Maryland’s School of Music, Laura currently serves as Concertmaster of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and is the co-founder of the Boulanger Initiative – an advocacy organization for women composers based in Washington D.C.
“I am very impressed by Laura’s musicianship and leadership skills … Laura quickly emerged from among several dozen candidates for the position, and her terrific performance at a concert last February sealed the deal,” National Philharmonic Music Director Piotr Gajewski has this week said.
“I am honored to be joining such a progressive and forward-thinking organization … the National Philharmonic has given me the opportunity to establish my own voice and vision and to help define and be a part of shaping the organization’s identity moving forward …” Laura has this week said.
“For an orchestra to give that sort of freedom to a Concertmaster is really remarkable,” she has said.