Laura Geier is a violinist and leading performer of the music of Eastern Europe. Having developed a passion for Romani (Gypsy) and Balkan music, she lived in Plovdiv, Bulgaria for one year supported by a prestigious Fulbright Grant, and subsequently traveled to Romania, Moldova, and Turkey to pursue further studies, most recently with lautari violin master Marin Bunea of The Other Europeans. She has performed with well-regarded musicians such as Miroslav Tadic, Kate Conklin, Jessica Catron, Jim Grippo, Sofia Högstadius, Ryan Dart, Todor Bakoev, Vladimir Vladimirov, the Fishtank Ensemble and most recently with cimbalomist, Igor Iachimciuc.
Laura was a J. William Fulbright Award Recipient to Bulgaria for 2010-11 where she studied Bulgarian folk music and culture at the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In Europe, Laura has performed and toured with the Academic Folklore Orchestra, Sofia Högstadius on violin)and Valeri Dimchev on tambura at the American University in Bulgaria, and in Sweden at the Umefolk Festival. Laura was featured on Bulgarian radio and national television and in Sweden on Swedish Radio and Television.
Laura teaches violin, piano, Balkan music, improvisation, and holds her own violin and piano studio. Her unique approach to teaching encompasses all styles - Eastern European folk, Romani (Gypsy), classical and jazz - and sets her apart from other instructors. She has coached ensembles and taught students for the Harmony Project, an award-winning research-based nonprofit organization that targets at-risk youth in Los Angeles, at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA and Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, CA.
An MFA graduate recipient of the California Institute of the Arts, Laura studied improvisation and Balkan music under world-renowned guitarist Miroslav Tadic, Alexander Technique & Bulgarian folk music singing under Kate Conklin, jazz improvisation with Larry Koonse, music transcription with David Roitstein and violin with Lorenz Gamma and Mark Menzies. Prior to CalArts, Laura also received a Master in Music at Ohio University studying under violinist, Marjorie Bagley, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Professionally, Laura performed for three concert seasons (2006-09) as a first violinist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston before relocating to California. She has also performed in internationally recognized summer music festivals including the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina, and Le Domaine Forget in Canada.