Laurie Carney, violin

    A founding member of the American String Quartet, violinist Laurie Carney comes from a prodigious musical family. Her father was a trumpeter and educator, her mother a pianist, and her three siblings all violinists. She began her studies at home and at the age of 8 became the youngest violinist ever admitted to the Preparatory Division of The Juilliard School. At 15 she was the youngest to be accepted into Juilliard’s College Division. Carney studied with Dorothy DeLay and received both B.M. and M.M. degrees from Juilliard.
    Carney has shared the stage with many of the world’s leading artists, including Isaac Stern, Yefim Bronfman, Pinchas Zukerman and Frederica von Stade; as well as featured in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Bournemouth Symphony and the Basque (Spain) Symphony Orchestra. She frequently performs duo recitals with Guarneri Quartet violist Michael Tree, and was featured in the New York premiere of Giampaolo Bracali’s Fantasia.
    A member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and the faculty of Aspen Music School, Carney has held teaching positions at the Mannes College of Music, Peabody Conservatory, the University of Nebraska, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Her frequent master classes have taken her to California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan and New Mexico. She performs the duo repertory with her husband, cellist William Grubb, and her non-professional interests include animal rights and environmental concerns. Her violin is by Carlo Tononi (Venice, 1763).