| Mezzo-soprano LAURIE RUBIN recently received high praise from New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini who wrote she possesses "compelling artistry," "communicative power," and that her voice displays "earthy, rich and poignant qualities." The Los Angeles Times special critic Josef Woodard wrote Laurie gives a "charismatic, multi-textured performance," and "Rubin seems to have an especially acute intuition about the power and subtleties of sound and she was a compelling force at the center of the music."
Recent career highlights include her United Kingdom solo recital debut performance at Wigmore Hall in London as well as her recent solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Laurie performed the role of Karen in Gordon Beeferman's The Rat Land at VOX for New York City Opera.
She has performed as the mezzo soloist Handel's Messiah with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Berlioz' Les Nuit d'ete with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra; Yale Symphony singing the Mozart Mass in C Minor; Oakland/East Bay Symphony singing Haydn's Harmonie Mass; a benefit concert of duets with opera star Frederica von Stade; performing Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915 with the Oberlin College Orchestra under the baton of John Williams; a benefit performance with Marvin Hamlisch; concerts in both the Terrace Theater and The Millennium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center and The White House in Washington, DC; performing a number of roles including the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola.
Awards Laurie has received include First Place in the 2004 Hennings-Fischer Foundation/Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artists Competition, the Horatio Parker Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement from the Yale School of Music, the Faustina Hurlbutt Award for excellence in singing from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, membership in Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, the Dean's Talent Scholarship Award all four years of her studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Grand Prize at the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony's Artists of Tomorrow competition, the Sergio Franchi Scholarship Award for Classical Voice, the First Place Award for Classical Voice at the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, the First Place Award at the Very Special Arts/Panasonic Young Soloist Award.
Fellowships include two summers at the Marlboro Music Festival studying with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Ushida, Ernst Haefliger and Ken Noda; three summers at the Britten-Pears Young Artists Program, studying with Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, and Della Jones; a member of the Aspen Vocal Chamber Music Program in Aspen, Colorado; and two consecutive years at Songfest where she studied with renowned pianists Graham Johnson and Martin Katz, and with composer John Harbison.
Laurie was selected as one of four singers and four composers to attend the Dawn Upshaw/John Harbison Workshop culminating in a performance premiering new works at Carnegie Hall in October 2004.
Laurie has recorded a CD of art songs by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms, Hahn, Bizet, Copland, Rorem, Harbison and some beloved Yiddish pieces with pianists Graham Johnson and David Wilkinson on the Opera Omnia label.
Laurie is a graduate of both the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with Richard Miller and Yale Opera at the Yale School of Music, studying with Doris Cross and Lili Chookasian.