JAIME LAREDO, violinist and conductor
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"...music-making of unusually high quality - the sort of playing which comes only from understanding,
love, painstaking care, and, quite simply, great ability."
- The Guardian, London
For over six decades, 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. At the age of seventeen, Jaime Laredo won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition, launching his rise to international prominence.
In the 2017-2018 Season, Mr. Laredo tours the United States as conductor, soloist and as a member of the award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, celebrating its 40th Anniversary. This season, he reprises André Previn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello(2016), with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, in Vermont. Performances of this work, commissioned for the duo, have received raves with Cincinnati, Kansas City, Austin, Detroit, Pacific and Toronto symphonies, as well as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Swedish Chamber Orchestra. A new double concerto by Chris Brubeck, premiering in August 2018, is their next collaboration.
Other conducting and performing highlights include the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco symphonies, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, among many others. Abroad, he has appeared with the London and BBC Symphonies, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with which he made numerous best-selling recordings, as well as orchestras in France, Hong Kong and Japan.
Mr. Laredo has recorded close to one hundred discs, including a Grammy Award-winning disc of Brahms Piano Quartets with Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma. His recordings range from the complete Bach Sonatas with Glenn Gould (SONY) to recent premiere recordings of double concertos with violinist Jennifer Koh, "2x4" (Cedille) and with cellist Sharon Robinson, “Triple Doubles” (BRIDGE), as well as many award-winning recordings with The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
Mr. Laredo’s stewardships of the annual New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, which he has conducted for 25 years, and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis have become beloved educational pillars of the musical community. 2018 also marks the seventh year of Laredo’s tenure at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Laredo concurrently holds Director posts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati’s Linton Chamber Music, and serves as Principal Conductor for the Westchester Philharmonic. He was Artistic Director of the Chamber Music at the Y series in New York for forty years.
Born in Bolivia, Jaime Laredo resides in Guilford, VT and Cleveland, OH, with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson.