Laura Von Atzingen
Laura von Atzingen (M.M. Performance, 2017) recently won a position in the first violin section of the Filarmônica of Minas Gerais, one of the most prestigious orchestras in Brazil.
Von Atzingen began her violin studies at the age of 3 at the Instrumentalist Training School of Sesiminas-MG Brazil with teacher Luciene Vilani. In 2002, she became a student of the violinist Edson Queiroz in extension classes at the School of Music of the University of Minas Gerais - UFMG. In 2013, she graduated from the UFMG obtaining a bachelor's degree in violin. She participated in various music Brazilian festivals such as the International Winter Festival of Campos do Jordao; Curitiba Music Workshop; Festival of Santa Catarina (FEMUSC). In 2010, she was one of three Brazilians selected to attend the Festival junger Künstler Bayreuth in Germany. At the International Festival of Campos do Jordao Winter in 2008, she had the opportunity to play Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, under the direction of Kurt Mazur. From 2011 to 2013, Laura was participated in the Chamber Orchestra of Ouro Preto for tours in Argentina, England, Portugal, and Spain. She participated in many master classes in the various festivals in which she participated, providing her the opportunity to play for violinists such as Elisa Fukuda, Michel Bessler, Daniela Jung, Yang Liu, Paul Biss, Claudio Cruz, and Leon Spierer. As a soloist, she performed the Concertino for violin from Ernest Mahle, with the Youth Orchestra of Sesiminas EFIC in 2000. She won the Young Soloist Competition 2011 of the Symphony Orchestra of UFMG and performed the Max Bruch Concerto in G Minor. In the same year, she won second place at the 14th National Competition for Strings Paulo Bosísio. Also, she won the III Competition for Young Soloists of the Symphonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais, in 2012, playing once more the Max Bruch violin concerto. In 2018, she performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Sesiminas in the Festival of Juiz de Fora performing the Brazilian piece Desafio III by Marlos Nobre. As a chamber musician, she has played concerts with Diadorim Group (quartet with violin, viola and two cellos, formed by her father and siblings). During the years 2007 and 2008, the Diadorim Group held 22 didactic concerts in public schools of Belo Horizonte, through the Project "Concert Music in Schools 2007-2008", sponsored by "Benefit Law Culture" in that city. Since 2012, she was Member of the First violin Section of the Chamber Orchestra of Sesiminas. She left her place in this orchestra to continue her studies in the the graduate program at Duquesne University. In 2017, Laura obtained her master's degree in performance from Duquesne University in the class of Professor Charles Stegeman. Von Atzingen had a full scholarship from the university, was concertmaster of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra, as well as a member of the Frances DeBroff Graduate String Quartet (resident string quartet). Between 2015–2017, Laura played as a substitute violinist with different orchestras, such as Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and Wheeling Symphony.
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