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BIOGRAPHY

Born into a family of Dutch musicians Laura grew up in Germany. Aged four she was marvelled by the idea of playing the violin and started lessons with her father, violinist Radboud Oomens. Eight years later Herman Krebbers accepted her as one of his youngest students and he taught her up until it was time for conservatory in 1998.

Laura continued her studies in Berlin at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Uwe-Martin Haiberg, where she graduated in 2003 with distinction. She finished her studies off by obtaining a Master of Music Performance in London with David Takeno.

From 2002 to 2007 Laura was a regular guest in various German orchestras, like the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg. Subsequently Laura played in smaller ensembles like the Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

From 2007 Laura was a first violinist of the Residentie Orchestra Den Haag  for three years, in the last year as second concertmaster.

In 2009 Laura became the artistic director of the Unison Chamber Music Festival in Sangerhausen,  founded by her and a business partner. This festival celebrated two beautiful editions.

Her love for chambermusic brought Laura to IMS Prussia Cove, the Gaia Music Festival and various festivals in the Netherlands.

Between 2012 and 2016 Laura was the second violinist of the Vespucci Quartet which launched its Debut CD in 2015.

Teaching both the violin and chambermusic is one of Laura's specialities. Her teaching experience expands over more than twenty years now and she finds great fulfillment in uncovering the student's personality and sound on the instrument.

In 2012 Laura joined the Nederlands Kamerorkest as sub-leader second Violin. Furthermore she's a regular guest leader with other orchestras and ensembles.

With her own series 'Close–up Classics'  Laura creates chamber music concerts at special venues. In 2020 these concerts have been launched as the anderhalvemeterconcerten.nl for a period of time when the 1,5 meter distance was introduced due to the pandemic.

Laura plays a Joseph Gagliano uit 1779, kindly lent to her by the The Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

© 2019 by Laura Oomens