Flutist Laurel Ann Maurer has been lauded by The New York Times as “. . . a secure technician and an assured, communicative interpreter.” Fanfare Magazine stated that “. . . 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.” American Record Guide said that “. . . Maurer has a strong, colorful, full sound and a sure technique. . .”
Ms. Maurer began her musical studies in Seattle, Washington under the direction of Dorothy Bjarnason, where she was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony and a recipient of awards from the Seattle Young Artists Festival. She continued her musical education in New York City, studying with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser and Samuel Baron. Her principal teacher, Mr. Baker, has stated that she is “One of our outstanding and gifted flutists.”
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 appeared as flute soloist throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Flute Association’s American Flutist Concerto Orchestra, the Salt Lake Symphony and the Long Island Chamber Orchestra.
At the forefront of Ms. Maurer’s career is her dedication to contemporary music. She has commissioned numerous works for the flute, compelling many fine composers to comment on her performance of their works. Otto Luening wrote, “She projects composers’ ideas with authority and elegance.” Joan Tower has written, “Thanks so much for doing such an outstanding job. . . this performance [was] one of the best I’ve received.” Augusta Read Thomas said, “Bravo! We composers need you.” And Meyer Kupferman has called her playing “Truly sensational.”
Laurel Ann Maurer has recorded for Albany Records, CRI, Soundspells and 4-Tay Records. Ms. Maurer performs exclusively on Miyazawa Flutes and is a Miyazawa Artist.
Laurel Ann Maurer is the artistic director of Vermont Virtuosi, a concert series presented throughout Vermont dedicated to bringing compelling chamber music programs to the public free of charge.