Originally from Long Island, New York, Laura Scalzo’s love of the violin was sparked by the great violinist, Itzahk Perlman, when she heard him play on “Sesame Street.” She began lessons at the age of 4 and has been playing ever since. She graduated from Temple University (BA) and pursued her MM at the University of Delaware. Her primary teachers have included William dePasquale, Xiang Gao, and Ellen dePasquale.
Ms. Scalzo has had the privilege of attending many prestigious summer festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, and Kent/Blossom. She has had the opportunity to work with such well known artists as the Emerson String Quartet, Corigliano String Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, Roger Tapping, Mark Sokol, Pamela and Claude Frank.
She has played under the baton of Maestros Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Herbert Bloomstedt and Sir Andrew Davis. In 2009, Ms. Scalzo was honored to perform as the principal second violin of the Tanglewood Orchestra with Maestro Kurt Masur conducting. Prior to joining the San Antonio Symphony in 2011, Ms. Scalzo was a member of the Delaware and Allentown Symphonies.
As a passionate chamber music lover Ms. Scalzo has performed with various ensembles in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. She performed for two years as the first violinist of the University of Delaware String Quartet.
In addition to performing, Ms. Scalzo is an enthusiastic teacher and has maintained a private studio since 2000. An avid animal lover and amateur chef; Ms. Scalzo can often be found at home in the kitchen cooking for friends, gardening, or, when not working, attempting to entertain the cat.