Laura Kobayashi leads a varied career as a performer and pedagogue. She has participated in numerous music festivals in the United States, Puerto Rico, Norway, Argentina and Brazil and has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle, Spokane, and Grand Junction Symphonies, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Salta Chamber Orchestra in Argentina and the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra in Thailand.
In addition to performing with her duo partner, Susan Keith Gray, Dr. Kobayashi also performs as a member of the Polaris Piano Trio and the Main Street Chamber Players and is a founding member of the Main Street Music Studios in Fairfax, Virginia where she maintains a large private studio of students. She has been honored as a recipient of several awards in her career, including the VASTA (Virginia State Chapter of ASTA) Outstanding String Teacher Award and the “Excellence in Teaching” Award by the Division of Music and College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University. Her past teaching positions include West Virginia University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Georgia and the Preparatory Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Prior to her teaching career, Dr. Kobayashi was a professional orchestral musician and played as a member of the second violin section in the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Outside of her teaching and performing activities, Dr. Kobayashi is also an active member of ASTA (American String Teachers Association) and has served as a National Chair for the ASTA National Solo Competition, the ASTA CAP Program (Certificate Advancement Program) among others.
Dr. Kobayashi studied violin with Dorothy DeLay, Paul Kantor, Andrew Jennings and Denes Zsigmondy and has performed in the master classes of Nathan Milstein, Arthur Grumiaux, Ruggiero Ricci and Gyorgy Pauk. Chamber music studies have been with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo and American String Quartets as well as with collaborative pianists, Robert McDonald and Samuel Sanders. Dr. Kobayashi earned degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University and the Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Michigan.