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Amos Lawrence
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Emerson violin/viola Instructor
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Violinist Amos Lawrence was a member of the Teatro Communale, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” in Florence Italy, and in that orchestra’s 1986 tour of Spain. He has performed in the International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove in Great Britain, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Scotia Festival in Halifax Nova Scotia, Chamber Music of Saugatuck in Michigan, the Colorado Festival in Boulder, the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin Ohio, the Breckinridge Music Institute in Colorado, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara California, “Summer Strings” in Woodstock Vermont, the Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, the Castello di Cennina in Bucine Italy, and the Israel Festival in Caesaria Israel. Mr. Lawrence has served on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, the Piano and Strings Workshop at the College of Charleston, and the Tennessee Strings Camp in Huntsville Alabama. For nine years he served as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston, played in the Charleston Symphony String Quartet, and for twelve years he was Assistant Concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC). He has played in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Charlotte Symphony. 

He has been a soloist with the Charleston Symphony playing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, Saint Saens Havanaise, the Meditation from Thais, the music from Schindler’s List, Elgar’s  Concertino for String Quartet, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Jon Deak’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for String Quartet and Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins, and Fritz Kriesler’s Preludium and Allegro. He has performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto in e minor, and Wieniawski’s Concerto in d minor, and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with the Charleston Metropolitan Civic Orchestra, as well as concerti with the College of Charleston Orchestra and the Ocean City Pops in New Jersey.

Amos Lawrence’s education began with the piano and recorder. On the violin, he attended the Greenwood Music Camp at age eleven, and won the Sanford Scholarship at age 14 enabling him to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts on a full scholarship where he studied with Vartan Manoogian. At this time, he benefitted enormously from coachings of Beethoven and Mozart sonatas with the famous pianist Lili Kraus.  At sixteen, he was the youngest member of the International Orchestra which toured Italy in the summer of 1977. At age eighteen, he entered the Curtis Institute of MNusic where he studied with the legendary Ivan Galamian and Jascha Brodsky. At Curtis, his chamber music teachers were Felix Galamir and Mischa Schneider. He received his Master’s Degree with a “Distinction in Performance” honor from the New England Conservatory of Music. There he served as a concertmaster of the New England Conservatory Orchestra and won the Charles Ely Scholarship Award.  He was a prizewinner in the Courts Sonata Competition, and a winner of the NEC Chamber Music Gala Competition. He participated with Russian Artists in the Making Music Together Festival of 1988. There he worked with composers Alfred Schnittke, leon Kirchner, and Gunther Schuller. Among performances in Jordan Hall he played such works as Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Ode to Napoleon, and collaborated in chamber music performances with members of the Toho Gakuen School from Japan. In addition he has played master classes for such artists as Yehudi Menuhin (Vieuxtemps Concerto #2) and Nathan Milstein (Ysaye Ballade). He has played over twenty five performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston SC, and at the Meadowmount School of Music he has performed Alban Berg’s opus #3 string quartet, Igor Stravinsky’s Duo Concertante and William Walton’s Violin Concerto. He has written Stop Your Double Stop Trouble, a violin technique book. Amos, his wife, and two children live in Brookline Massachusetts.

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