Laura Klugherz

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Laura Klugherz

Professor of Music and Africana & Latin American Studies; Director of the Chamber Music Ensemble

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Music, Africana and Latin American Studies
104 James C. Colgate Hall
  • MWF 12:00pm - 1:00pm (104 James C. Colgate Hall)


Lauded by the NY Times as “dramatic . . emotional . . evocative", and promoted by ABC of Madrid as a “magnificent violinist and violist who is a dedicated promoter of Spanish music”, Laura Klugherz made her Carnegie Hall debut to rave reviews in 1989. She studied in the U.S. and in Europe as a Fulbright scholar where she subsequently performed during many years as concertmaster and soloist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Bach Orchestra. A recipient of numerous awards and prizes (Fulbright Post-doctoral research Award, Spanish Ministry of Culture Post-doctoral Award, Juenge Kuenstler of Bavaria, San Jose Symphony Young Artist Award, Juan Morales Prize of Spain), she performs as a recitalist internationally. As a Cultural Specialist for the United States Information Agency and sponsored by the Fundación Andes, she has performed recitals and residencies throughout Latin America.

Klugherz is the author of A Biographical Guide to Spanish Music for Violin and Viola (Greenwood Press). Her recent CD Echoes (Centaur), music for viola and piano of Spain, Africa and the Americas with pianist Steven Heyman) won a Sammy Award in 2013. Other recordings include: The Violin and Viola Music of Amy Beach(Centaur), and Three Lyric PiecesDance Bagatelles on Dexter Morrill’s Music for Strings (Capstone). As a certified yoga teacher and Feldenkrais instructor, Klugherz specializes in the use of somatic systems in the performing arts.

BMus, California State University San Francisco, 1972; MM (1975), DMA (1981), University of Texas Austin; Performers Certificate, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Munchen, 1979; GCFP, Southern California Movement Institute, 2005; RYA, Yandara Institute, 2006

Director of Strings, Ottobrunner Jugendumusikschule; San Francisco Conservatory; University of Notre Dame; Catholic University (Santiago, Chile); Adamant Summer Chamber Music Workshop; Southwest Texas State University; Curso Internacional de Cadiz; Lake Placid Institute 

Contemporary violin-viola repertoire of Spain and Latin America, compositions of 19th- and 20th-century Spain; somatic education for musicians and other performing artists

Contemporary violin-viola repertoire of Spain and Latin America, compositions of 19th- and 20th-century Spain; somatic education for musicians and other performing artists

A Bibliographic Guide to Spanish Music for Violin and Viola 1900-97 (Greenwood Press), certified instructor of Hatha Yoga, author of articles on relation of movement to expression
The Music for Violin/Viola by Amy Beach, (Centaur Records)
String Music of Dexter Morrill  (Capstone)
Echoes  (Centaur)

Solo violin/viola recitals, US, Europe, Latin America:
Concertmaster/Soloist, Muenchner Kammerorchester 1979-83; Concertmaster, Munich Bach Orchestra 1982-83 Concertmaster, South Bend Symphony, 1983-88, First violin, Morrison String Quartet 1979-83; Violinist, Trio Ciudad de Sevilla, 1988-90 Guest collaborator: Beaux Arts Trio, Lydian Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Raphael Trio, Escher Quartet 1990-present; Guest Professor, Instituto de Musica, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile 2003, 2009; Founder-director, Chenango Summer MusicFest 1997-2009; Violist, Cuarteto Carlos Chávez 2010-present (Mexico City); 

Recent festivals:
Festilleseme (France), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Festival Hispánoamericano de Guitarra (Mexico), Retiro Contulmo (Chile),

  • Guest resident, Fundación Andes, Chile, 1993,1995, 1999
  • Fulbright Award 1979, Spanish Ministry of Culture Awards, 1979, 1981
  • Fulbright Invited Professor, Santiago, Chile, 2003
  • Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Award, Spain, 1990
  • Judge: Stradivarius International Violin Competition
  • Winner: Sammy Award “Best” in other category for “Echoes” (centaur) 2013
  • Colgate Presidential Scholar

Recordings: The Violin and Viola Music of Amy Beach (Centaur Records, 1997), Music for Strings by Dexter Morrill (Capstone Records, 1997), Echoes: Music of Spain, African and the Americas for viola and piano (Centaur Records)

  • Numerous recitals on radio and television and as a soloist with groups such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra in both Europe and the United States, including a 1989 debut in New York's Carnegie Hall
  • Guest concertmaster, Utica Symphony and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Trio "Ciudad de Sevilla" 1988-91 (performances throughout Europe and Africa)
  • Concertmaster, South Bend Symphony Orchestra 1983-88
  • First violin, Nordeutsche Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester 1981-83
  • Concertmaster-soloist, Munich Chamber Orchestra 1978-81
  • Founder, director, Chenango Summer MusicFest 1997 - 2009, Retiro Contulmo (Chile) 2003
  • Viola coach, National Youth Orchestra of Spain 2000-2002
  • Solo tours in Spain, South America, US and Mexico 2000-2009
  • Klugherz-Timmons duo recitals France, Alaska, Pacific Northwest 2000-2009
  • Solo and Chamber music recitals throughout Latin America 1999-2009