Laura Hundert (b. 1996 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a clarinetist who is passionate about exploring all styles of music and building a more inclusive and accessible community of the arts.
As a dedicated soloist and chamber musician, Laura has already received numerous awards and honors. Most recently, she was awarded the 2018 Young Artist Award at the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival in Valdeblore, France. In 2016 Laura won the Contemporary Performance Competition at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy, the prize for which was a commissioned piece for clarinet. During her four years at the Eastman School of Music, Laura was a member of a celebrated woodwind quintet that was selected to perform in the Eastman Honors Chamber Music Recital in December 2016 and May 2017, as well as in master classes with the Cambini Winds and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. In addition to her degree, Laura was awarded the esteemed Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Laura was a member of the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Musica Nova, OSSIA New Music Ensemble, Empire Film Music Ensemble, as well as several other chamber groups. As an avid performer of contemporary music, she was a member of the American Modern Orchestra for the inaugural Mostly Modern Festival during the summer of 2018, and attended the Fresh Inc. Festival with the Fifth House Ensemble in the summer of 2017. Laura was a frequent performer with Eastman’s OSSIA New Music Ensemble where she performed side-by-side with the JACK quartet in February 2017. Laura regularly collaborates with composers, and she has premiered many new works for solo clarinet and chamber music at the Eastman Composers’ Concerts.
Growing up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Laura was given the opportunity to engage with Cleveland’s vibrant music scene. She was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra where she played side-by-side with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Pops, respectively. At sixteen years old, Laura won the Contemporary Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto in February 2013. Laura had the opportunity to go on tour to Poland and Hungary with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and to Turkey with the Shaker Heights High School Marching Band.
As a member of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Laura enjoyed being a part of the official orchestra for the Alternative Press Music Awards in July 2014 where she played alongside artists including Panic! at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Machine Gun Kelly, and Fall Out Boy. During Contemporary Youth Orchestra’s “Rock the Orchestra” series, Laura had the opportunity to play with funk legend Bootsy Collins, Woodstock headliner Jefferson Starship (formerly Jefferson Airplane), and pianist/singer-songwriter Ben Folds.
In addition to music, Laura is passionate about social justice, interfaith cooperation, and intercultural understanding, and she is always striving to create ways in which performing multiple genres of music can encourage appreciation of differences and similarities among diverse communities. In high school she was a member of the Student Group on Race Relations and president of Pledge Against the Hate, and was involved in the Students’ Association for Interfaith Cooperation at the University of Rochester.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance with a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she graduated with High Distinction and was awarded the Anne T. Cummins Prize in Humanities. She is currently earning her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of John Cushing. Her primary teachers have been Kenneth Grant, Luiz Coelho, and Louis Gangale. When she is not playing clarinet, Laura enjoys drinking red wine and cuddling with cats.