Laura Weiner is a passionate horn player and advocate for classical music based in New York City. An experienced chamber musician, orchestral performer, soloist, and teaching artist, she is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect, a fellowship program of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School. A native of Colorado, she received her Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Northwestern University, and her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a University Fellowship.
Laura has performed with diverse musical groups from the New York Philharmonic to the leading new music ensembles, and plays regularly with chamber groups Decoda and Genghis Barbie, where she channels her high-altitude roots as "Alpine Barbie." She regularly performs a wide variety of concerts across New York City in venues like Lincoln Center, Trinity Church, and public school auditoriums. She was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Robert Spano, and has performed at the Bravo! Vail Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Marlboro Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, among others. Laura’s principal teachers include Gail Williams, William Barnewitz, and Douglas Hill.
In addition to performing, Laura is enthusiastically devoted to education and community work. She is the recently appointed artist teacher of horn at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, in addition to teaching elementary school students through the New York Philharmonic and incarcerated students at Sing Sing Correctional Facility through Musicambia. Laura especially enjoys facilitating first-time songwriters through creative workshops; her recent Decoda songwriting project pairing NYPD officers with teenagers received national news attention.
When she isn’t rehearsing or performing, Laura heads to the mountains to rock climb, hike, and snowboard. Laura recently summited Kilimanjaro and trekked in Nepal, and is always looking for her next outdoor adventure.