Renowned worldwide as a passionate solo and chamber musician, Laura is acclaimed for her “brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine) and as “a cellist whose passion for music is as evident as her artistry and talent” (I care if you listen). She has performed across the US and on six continents. Laura’s debut solo album on the Grammy-winning label Sono Luminus reached #7 on the Billboard Charts, and was called “a way forward for classical music” by AllMusic.
A sought-after chamber musician and collaborator, Laura is drawn to projects that push boundaries and expand the definition of classical chamber music. Boyd Meets Girl, her duo with her husband, classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, tours worldwide including appearances at Caramoor, Festival Napa Valley, Moab Music Festival, and Newport Classical. Laura also performs regularly with the popular cello-percussion quartet Break of Reality, selected for an ongoing world tour as musical ambassadors of the US State Department. Laura is the founding cellist of The Overlook, a string quartet dedicated towards building a more representative musical tradition. The quartet has been featured by the Kaufman Center, Lincoln Center, Mass MoCa, and the Met. She has appeared as a guest with The Knights, Eighth Blackbird, ETHEL, and the IRIS Collective. As cellist of Sybarite5 from 2008-21, Laura was part of the first-ever string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild competition and reach #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts.
She is also a founder and artistic director of the weekly Sunday morning concert series GatherNYC, cello faculty at Riverdale Country School, and has appeared onstage with artists including Adele, John Legend, Cher, Shawn Mendes, and Nas. Laura lives in New York City with her husband and young son Milo. www.laurametcalf.com
Sept 10 – Music Hike II: Free Voices of Eastern Europe
Sept 10 – The Four Seasons According to Glass and Piazzolla
Sept 11 – Grotto III: German Masterpieces
Sept 12-15 – San Juan Musical Raft Trip