Flutist Laurel Ann Maurer has been lauded by The New York Times as “A secure technician and an assured, communicative interpreter.” Fanfare Magazine states that “she is technically superb in every way.
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“A secure technician and an assured, communicative interpreter.” — The New York Times
“…She is technically superb in every way. Her tone is consistently attractive even in the most treacherous passages, and she plays with great rhythmic drive and impeccable phrasing.” — Fanfare Magazine
“Maurer has a strong, colorful, full sound and a sure technique…” — American Record Guide
“…Stellar in both tone and technique. She is a master of coloration and interpretation…Utah’s flutist par excellence.” — Salt Lake Tribune
“Maurer is a veritable poet of her instrument.” — Deseret Morning News
Flutist Laurel Ann Maurer began her musical studies in Seattle, Washington, under the direction of Dorothy Bjarnason. In New York City, she continued her studies with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Samuel Baron and participated in master classes of Marcel Moyse. She has performed and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Khachaturian Hall in Yerevan, Armenia. She was principal flutist of the Salt Lake Symphony for 12 years, and has more recently performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. She is currently Principal Flute of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also founder and artistic director of the celebrated chamber music series Vermont Virtuosi as well as a founding member of both the Vermont Virtuosi Flute Ensemble and PipeDreams, Vermont’s premiere flute quartet.
Ms. Maurer also maintains active teaching studios in Barre and Colchester, Vermont. Her students have achieved national recognition and awards from the Music Teachers National Association and the National Flute Association, and have appeared on the nationally syndicated radio program “From The Top.” Ms. Maurer has also been an adjunct faculty member at CUNY/Queens College and Saint Michael’s College (Vermont), and, most recently, the Crane School of Music at SUNY/Potsdam. A dedicated proponent of the Suzuki Method of music education, Ms. Maurer was appointed a teacher-trainer in 2007 and currently conducts training seminars and teacher development courses all around the world.
As an award winner from such organizations as the National Association of Composers-USA, the National Flute Association, the National Orchestra of New York, the Chautauqua Institute and the Utah Arts Council, Ms. Maurer has concertized throughout the United States and Europe. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Opera Orchestra of Armenia, the Salt Lake Symphony and others. She has performed in many of the world’s most famous concert halls including Khachaturian Hall, the Monte Carlo Opera House, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall.
At the forefront of Ms. Maurer’s career is her dedication to contemporary music. She has commissioned, performed, and recorded numerous premieres for the flute compelling comments from many important composers: “She projects composers’ ideas with authority and elegance” (Otto Luening); “Thanks so much for doing such an outstanding job! This performance [was] one of the best I’ve received” (Joan Tower); “Bravo! We composers need you” (Augusta Read Thomas); “Your playing [is] truly sensational” (Meyer Kupferman).
Among her 13 commercially released CDs are “More American Flute Works” and the Jeff Mannokian “Flute Concerto,” both of which were nominated for a Grammy Award. Ms. Maurer has recorded for Albany, CRI, Soundspells and 4-Tay records and is a featured performer on the recently released “The Third Highway,” which comprises chamber music of David Gunn.