Colorado native Laura Albers joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 2001. Recently appointed Associate Concertmaster, she also performs regularly with the Albers Trio, a string trio with sisters Julie and Rebecca. Laura began studying Suzuki violin with her mother, Ellie LeRoux, at the age of two and later spent a month in Japan studying with Dr. Suzuki. From an early age, she loved the stage and soloed with many Denver-area orchestras.
Laura received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein and Ronald Copes.
In Cleveland she worked extensively with the Cavani Quartet and Peter Salaff in the Intensive Quartet Seminar and as an assistant music therapist in the Cleveland University Hospitals. Laura also spent time in Cuernavaca, Mexico playing viola in pianist Sergei Babyon’s festival.
While attending Juilliard, Laura toured with the Astor String Quartet and the Wild Ginger Philharmonic, and taught Suzuki violin at the Diller-Quaile School of Music.
During the summertime, Laura returned to the mountains for the Aspen Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge. She and her sister, cellist Julie Albers, performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the NRO. They also recorded the Kodaly Duo together in Munich for the Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Laura spent several summers performing in the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, as an artist in the Newport Music Festival. During the SF Opera's off-seasons, she has also worked with the Sarasota Opera in Florida and the Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz. She sometimes performs with other Bay-Area ensembles, including the Broderick Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble, Gold Coast Chamber Players and San Franciso Contemporary Music Players.
Laura volunteers for California Pacific Medical Center’s Soothing Sounds program, bringing music to patients, visitors and employees. She enjoys studying languages, traveling to Italy and creating culinary delights. Laura is an age group triathlete and spends most of her free time training.