JAIME LAREDO, violinist & conductor

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He has everything a virtuoso violinist needs. But he has more than that. He is a violinist of profound musicianship
— The New Yorker


Performing for over six decades before audiences across the globe, Jaime Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist, pedagogue, and chamber musician. Since his stunning orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the San Francisco Symphony, he has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances. That debut inspired one critic to write: 'In the 1920's it was Yehudi Menuhin; in the 1930's it was Isaac Stern; and last night it was Jaime Laredo.' His education and development were greatly influenced by his teachers Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, as well as by private coaching with eminent masters Pablo Casals and George Szell. At the age of seventeen, Jaime Laredo won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition, launching his rise to international prominence. With 2009 marking the 50th anniversary of his prize, he was honored to sit on the Jury for the final round of the Competition.

In the 2017-18 Season, Mr. Laredo tours the United States as conductor, soloist and as a member of the award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, which continues its 40th Anniversary celebration.  This season on violin, he reprises André Previn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson in Vermont.  Performances of this work have received raves since its 2016 premiere.  It was commissioned specifically for the duo by the Cincinnati, Kansas City, Austin, Detroit, Pacific and Toronto symphony orchestras, as well as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. A new double concerto by Chris Brubeck is their next collaboration.  Additionally, Laredo's remarkable sound can be heard on viola in Mozart Sinfonia Concertante on tour throughout Vermont and at Carnegie Hall with Pamela Frank, his friend and onetime student. 


In six decades before the public, through concerts in twenty-eight countries on five continents, Jaime Laredo has earned a reputation as one of the world's premiere violin virtuosi and as a conductor with a unique ability to inspire musicians to realize their fullest potential. 

In addition to ongoing relationships as Music Director of the Vermont Symphony, Principal Conductor of of the Westchester Philharmonic, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, he brings his generosity of spirit to guest conducting roles around the globe. His programming of beloved works and connections to many generations of wonderful artists have served him well in Artistic Advisory roles for orchestras between music directors.  Recent appearances as conductor/soloist include the Orchestre National de Lyon, New World Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, on tour with the Curtis Institute Orchestra & at Severance Hall in Cleveland.  Acclaimed programs featuring former students, Leila Josefowicz, Hillary Hahn, Jennifer Koh, and Bella Hristova, as well as many orchestra principals, among others,  are often season highlights.