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Laura Vadjon

Baroque violin

The first Croat to perform on the baroque violin, Laura Vadjon is the artistic director and concertmaster of the Croatian Baroque Ensemble. Since 1999 she has performed successfully and extensively with the Ensemble in Croatia and abroad, and has performed (and premiered) a large number of works by forgotten composers and great baroque masters. She has worked with the world’s major baroque performers such as Catherine Mackintosh, Hervé Niquet, Richard Egarr, Werner Ehrhardt, Laurence Cummings, Philipp Pickett and Stefano Montanari. She has performed with ensembles such as New London Consort, Le Concert Spirituel, London Handel Orchestra, L’arte del Mondo, Florilegium and Canzona. Since 2010, she has been the concertmaster of the Balkan Baroque Band.

Laura Vadjon has performed and recorded with great success both as a soloist and chamber musician. She is considered a major expert in the early Italian baroque music and in the works by Handel and Mozart. As a musician with a specific and distinctive tone and style, Laura Vadjon is well-known for her original and ingenious interpretations which reveal her as a connoisseur of the dramatic and affective features of baroque music. The winner of numerous awards, such as Milka Trnina and Porin, she has performed in about twenty countries in Europe, Russia, Japan, South America and Cuba. Laura Vadjon is a professor at the Zagreb Academy of Music, where she teaches the historic interpretation of the 17th and 18th century chamber music. She teaches baroque violin at the summer school of baroque dance and music Aestas Musica in Varaždin. She plays on an authentic period instrument, the work of the Italian violin maker Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, dating from 1759.