Masterclass: Laurie Smukler, Violin

May 5 | 6:30PM
Leon and Karen F. Peterson Building

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Laurie Smukler Biography

Laurie Smukler began her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her first public performance with a major symphony orchestra was as a violin soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra at 14. She earned her BM from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Ivan Galamian. Other teachers who have had a powerful influence on Ms. Smukler's development are Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, Rudolf Serkin, and Menahem Pressler.

She is a professor at The Juilliard School. She has been on the faculties of Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, and the Bard College Conservatory. She offers master classes throughout the United States. In addition to regularly performing the classics, Ms. Smukler has played premiere performances of works by Shulamit Ran, Ned Rorem, Tobias Picker, Bruce Adolphe, John Harbison, and others. She has recorded for Music Masters.

Ms. Smukler is a founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and has been co-director of the Collection in Concert series at the Pierpont Morgan Library. She has performed and toured with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and Music From Marlboro along with other celebrated groups. She and her husband, violist Ira Weller, have directed and performed in the respected series “The Collection in Concert,” at the Pierpont Morgan Library on Madison avenue in New York for over a decade. She plays regularly at the chamber series, Da Camera of Houston and Capitol Concerts in Vermont. Recent concerts include a tour of China, as well as concerts and master classes in University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, The Juilliard School, University of Iowa, and Bucknell University, and the University of Texas (Austin)

Admired for her vivid musical intensity and the beauty of her sound, Ms. Smukler is a current faculty member at The Juilliard School and Bard College. She is a renowned soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.

Laurie Smukler plays a Petrus Guarnerius violin made in Venice in 1738.


Event Details



Friday, May 5, 2023


6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Free Admission


Leon and Karen F. Peterson Building
182 South 600 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84102


How can I attend?

All current Gifted Music School students are invited (and encouraged) to attend at no cost—no tickets or RSVP required. 

Members of the public wishing to observe this masterclass should contact Conservatory Manager, Linda Duan, at to RSVP. The event will be held in the Leon and Karen F. Peterson Building at Gifted Music School.

Event Date: 
2023-05-05 18:30:00 to 2023-05-05 20:30:00