Laura Nerenberg: Violinist

Montreal native, Laura Nerenberg, started playing the violin at 3 and the piano at 7. As a classically trained violinist, Laura has performed in orchestral and chamber music roles from Newfoundland to California to Tanzania. As a jazz musician, Laura received her early, informal training from her father, a mostly self-taught jazz pianist. She furthered her jazz studies at the Henry Mancini Institute and at Ottawa's JazzWorks camp. She is a founding member of the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra and has performed twice at the NAC's Fourth Stage as part of no-holds-barred, all-improvisation concerts. Laura has also performed at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival with this ensemble. Laura married a tin whistle player, and was thus introduced to the immense richness of Celtic music. Laura blends her musical influences into a unique style, expressing a voice that ranges from deeply intimate to furious to cheeky.

She is currently undertaking a multi-year performance project with pianist, Thomas Annand -- to perform all 10 Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin.
Their first two recitals take place in the 2016-2017 season, at two different venues. Don't miss it!

Sunday, October 16, 2016 2:30PM
Glebe-St. James United Church
Sonatas Op. 23, Op. 24 and Op. 30 #1 (Sonatas #4, 5 and 6)

Friday, March 3, 2017
Huguette-Labelle Hall, Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa
Sonatas Op. 12 #2, Op. 12 #3 and op. 96 (Sonatas #2, 3 and 10)

Laura is active in Ottawa's classical music scene as a freelance violinist. She is a founding member of Gatineau, Quebec's premier chamber music group: Ensemble Prisme, and also helped found the Ottawa Baroque Consort, an early music ensemble. As an orchestral player, Laura has performed widely in the Ottawa area as a freelancer and regular member of various groups. She was a member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra as assistant concertmaster and principal second violin from 2000-2011. She was also principal second violin of the now-defunct, Orchestre des concerts symphoniques de Gatineau.

Laura shares her passion for the violin with a lively group of students, aged 4-17. The youngest of these is Laura's own daughter, who, at the ripe age of 6, gleefully improvises her own songs on the piano and the violin. For a third consecutive year, she and a group of students performed as part of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society's Family Music Fair in May, 2009. They also make regular appearances at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and at local retirement homes. As a Suzuki Violin Teacher, she is sought after to teach at summer institutes and workshops year-round in New Hampshire, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec City, Boston and beyond. She loves working with students of all ages and levels, sharing her enthusiasm for music and learning.