Who is Laurent Power? | Classical music
Who is Laurent Power?
Does he come from a family of musicians?
No. But luckily, her local school did tests to see if the students were musicians, which is how her musical talent was discovered.
So, like many violists, he probably started on the violin, then moved on to the viola?
Actually no. Being tall for his age, he immediately took up the viola in elementary school at the age of seven. Although generally considered less glamorous than the violin, the viola had a more immediate appeal for Power, perhaps because – as he once suggested in an interview – violas for beginners can sound much better than violins for beginners.
Where did he train?
After primary school, Power began studying with Mark Knight in the junior department at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Later, he spent a year at the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Karen Tuttle.
What was his breakthrough?
After returning to London from New York, he won first prize at the Primrose International Viola Competition in 1999. The following year he was selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Since then he has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world.