Photo by Carlin Ma

Photo by Carlin Ma

Laura Gaynon, cello
Artistic Codirector Bard Music West

As a frequent performer, educator, and presenter of cello and chamber music, cellist Laura Gaynon has performed in concert halls across the United States, Europe, Canada, and China. Currently based in the Bay Area, Laura performs with the American Bach Soloists, the Pacific Crest Chamber Players, the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and the baroque chamber ensemble Musa. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with luminaries including Kim Kashkashian, Geoff Nuttall, Bonnie Hampton, Paul Hersh, and Ian Swensen. Laura is cofounder and coartistic director of Bard Music West in San Francisco. She is dedicated to promoting the music of today, and spearheaded Musa’s “Art Inspiring Art” commissioning project, now in its third year.

As an educator, Laura has a private cello studio in San Francisco and directs the String Quartet Program at Thomas Hart Middle School in Pleasanton, CA. She is faculty at Chamber Music by the Bay, California Music Preparatory Academy and the Pacific Crest Music Festival. Laura holds degrees from Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with a master of music in cello performance, an artist certificate in chamber music, and an emphasis in historical performance practice as a student of Jennifer Culp and Elisabeth Reed.

To learn more about Laura, visit her website: www.lauragaynon.com