Born and raised in Austin, Texas, cellist Laura Andrade is quickly establishing herself as a captivating solo and chamber musician, concertizing locally in NYC and internationally. Laura is a prize-winning laureate of the 2019 Sphinx Competition and has been a featured soloist with the Austin Civic and San Antonio Orchestras under the baton of maestro Ken-David Masur.
With a passionate love and curiosity for chamber music, Laura has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Borromeo, and Miró string quartets. She has performed at numerous festivals, including IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music in the UK, Verbier Festival, and Nume Festival in Italy.
Laura has performed on tour with chamber ensembles, including A Far Cry, Sphinx Virtuosi, and most notably, Sybarite5, a dynamic string quintet in which Laura is the newest member. As the current cellist of Ensemble Connect, Laura regularly performs at Carnegie Hall and is also a teaching artist bringing classical music into the diverse communities and schools of NYC.
Laura holds a bachelor’s degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s from The Juilliard School. Her core cello mentors include Amy Levine-Tsang, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, and Natasha Brofsky.