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Orin Alan Laursen // Violin

Described as possessing “superb technical skill,” and “deep understanding and artistry” (CVNC) violinist Orin Laursen is an active performer of both chamber music and the solo violin repertoire. He presents works from the Baroque to the contemporary with equal passion and imagination.

Orin has collaborated on the concert stage with artists including cellist Michael Kannen, violists Nicholas Cords, Ara Gregorian, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Maria Lambros, pianists Ioannis Potamousis and Greg McCallum, and French hornist William Purvis. He has appeared as a soloist with the Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Durham Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Tar River Orchestra. Orin was first violinist and founding member of Goat String Quartet, with which he performed from 2002 to 2010, and the Kubrick Quartet, from 2011 until 2014.

A strong advocate of contemporary music, Orin has worked with such eminent composers as Christian Wolff, Unsuk Chin, Harrison Birtwistle, and John Zorn. In addition, he regularly performs works by young composers such as David Fulmer. His recent appearances have included a performance with the Callithumpian Consort on the Music at the Gardiner series, and a showcase in Jordan Hall for acclaimed composers Pozzi Escot and Robert Cogan. He also performs as part as the quartet Hub New Music, which focuses on music from the 21st century.

The Kubrick Quartet, which Orin was a part of since its inception, performed regularly in Baltimore and New York. During the summer of 2013, the group was awarded a Young Artist Fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. The group was also selected by competitive audition to participate in the 2013 Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, the 2012 Beethoven Institute, the 2012 and 2013 Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the 2013 Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, England during the Britten centennial celebrations.

Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Orin earned his bachelor’s at the Peabody Conservatory under violinist and pedagogue Victor Danchenko. He is now pursuing his master’s degree at the New England Conservatory with violinist Soovin Kim. His previous mentors include Joseph Genualdi and Jose Bastardes. Orin plays a violin made in 2014 by Joseph Curtin.