Laura Hamilton is currently Acting Co-Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. During her 28-year tenure with the Metropolitan, she has led hundreds of performances with distinguished maestri such as Levine, Gergiev, Luisi, Jurowski, Eschenbach, Mackerras, Andrew Davis, Behohlavek, Langree, and Nezet-Seguin. She has been concertmaster for many of the Met's live international HD video transmissions, including Salome, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, and Nixon in China. In addition, she has been leader for scores of live radio broadcasts, and in summer concerts in Central Park and Prospect Park. Also with the Met, she has toured extensively within the United States and in Europe and Asia, and participated in multiple operatic and symphonic recordings with Deutsche Gramophon and Sony Classical.
Previously a member of the Chicago Symphony, she appeared with that orchestra as concerto soloist with Sir Georg Solti at the podium. The California native trained at the Moscow Conservatory of Music in the then Soviet Union with Oleh Krysa, and with Raphael Bronstein and Burton Kaplan at Manhattan School of Music, where she was the Nathan Milstein Scholarship recipient. In the field of chamber music, Ms. Hamilton has performed in the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Manchester, and Bard Music Festivals, in summer festivals in Norway and Greece, and on the Met Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall with James Levine and colleagues. Her solo recital debut was at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1981, returning to the same venue (now Weill Hall) with Warren Jones in 2006; she has maintained an active role in solo repertoire as her schedule allows. She has served as guest concertmaster for the Seattle Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera, and the Adelaide Symphony in Australia. In the summers, she has been concertmaster for the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Waterloo Festival, the Berkshire Opera, and, since 2012, Lake Tahoe SummerFest. She was featured in Musical America magazine as a "Young Artist of 1986" and has received numerous awards and competition prizes. Her instrument was made in 1732 by Carlo Tononi in Venice, Italy.
In December 2013, Ms. Hamilton went on leave from the Metropolitan Opera in order to take a position as Concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, resident ensemble at the Sydney Opera House. While in Sydney, she was featured soloist performing Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs in a gala concert at the Opera House with famed tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
Ms. Hamilton joined the faculty of New York University in 2014. She has been visiting faculty at New World Symphony and Manhattan School of Music, and at Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2009.