Violinist, Laura Kobayashi, performs as a member of the Kobayashi/Gray Duo, Main Street Chamber Players and Trio Peridot and is a founding member of the Main Street Music Studios where she maintains a large studio of students.
Dr. Kobayashi actively performs throughout the United States and has also performed abroad in Wales, Thailand, South Africa, Norway, Argentina, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and Brazil and the islands of Trinidad, St. Lucia and Puerto Rico. In addition, she has recorded two compact discs of music by women composers for the Albany Records label. She has also edited for publication a violin sonata by 19th Century French woman composer, Marie Grandval, for Hildegard Publishing Company.
Dr. Kobayashi is also the recipient of two teaching awards: the 2012 VASTA (Virginia State Chapter of ASTA) Outstanding String Teacher Award and the 2002 “Excellence
in Teaching” Award by the School of Music and College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University. Her past teaching positions include West Virginia University, the University of Georgia and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Prior to her teaching career, Dr. Kobayashi was a professional orchestral musician and played in the second violin section in the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Dr. Kobayashi studied violin with Dorothy DeLay, Andrew Jennings, Paul Kantor and Denes Zsigmondy. Her degrees are from The Juilliard School, Yale University and The University of Michigan.