Performing for over six decades before audiences across the globe, the violinist Jaime Laredo, born in Colombia, has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor and chamber musician. Since his stunning orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the San Francisco Symphony, he has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances. That debut inspired one critic to write: 'In the 1920's it was Yehudi Menuhin; in the 1930's it was Isaac Stern; and last night it was Jaime Laredo.'
His education and development were greatly influenced by his teachers Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian, as well as by private coaching with eminent masters Pablo Casals and George Szell. At the age of seventeen, Jaime Laredo won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition, launching his rise to international prominence. With 2009 marking the 50th anniversary of his prize, he was honored to sit on the Jury for the final round of the Competition.
In 1960 he began his international career as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician with his solo concert in New York's Carnegie Hall. Together with his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, and pianist Joseph Kalichstein, he founded the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson-Trio in 1977, one of the oldest chamber music ensembles with all its founding members.
In 1970 Jaime Laredo also began to work as a conductor. He has conducted orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and many others. Additional conducting engagements take him to the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra, The Vermont Symphony and Westchester Philharmionc.
In addition to ongoing relationships as Music Director of the Vermont Symphony, Principal Conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, he brings his generosity of spirit to guest conducting roles around the globe. Acclaimed programs featuring former students, Leila Josefowicz, Hillary Hahn, Jennifer Koh, and Bella Hristova, as well as many orchestra principals, among others, are often season highlights.
In 2011 Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson recorded a double concert album with works written especially for them by Richard Danielpour, David Ludwig, Andre Previn, Ned Rorem and Ellen Zwilich on Bridge Records.
Last updated: January 2019