Originally from Long Island, New York, Laura Scalzo’s love of the violin was sparked by the great violinist, Itzhak Perlman, when she heard him play on “Sesame Street.” She began lessons at the age of 4 and has been playing ever since. Laura joined the First Violin section of the San Antonio Symphony in 2011, and also serves as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Mid-Texas Symphony. Prior to joining the San Antonio Symphony, she was a member of the Delaware and Allentown Symphonies.
Laura is a passionate chamber musician and has performed with various ensembles in Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. She has been performing as a member of the Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players since 2014. Currently, she is working with some of her fellow San Antonio Symphony members to launch the Trivium Chamber Ensemble in early 2019.
In addition to her orchestral duties, Laura is an enthusiastic teacher and maintains a robust private studio and served as Adjunct Professor of Violin at Texas Lutheran University from 2013-2015.
Laura holds degrees from Temple University (BA) and the University of Delaware (MM) and has attended the Tanglewood, Aspen, and Kent/Blossom summer festivals. Her primary teachers have included William dePasquale, Xiang Gao, and Ellen dePasquale. When not working, Laura can often be found potting up succulents in the greenhouse, digging in the vegetable garden or attempting to entertain the cats.