Jaime Laredo

Biography

Born: June 7, 1941; Cochabamba  
Jaime Eduardo Laredo y Unzueta quickly became one of the world's most important violinists in the 1960s, known for his solo and chamber music performances and his organizational leadership. He has appeared with over a hundred orchestras in the Americas and Europe and has made dozens of recordings, winning several awards, including the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize, the Gramophone Award, and several nominations for the Grammy, which he won in 1991 Read more for Best Chamber Music recording.

He began playing violin at the age of five. By seven, his talents were so evident that his family relocated to the United States to advance his musical training. At the age of eight, he gave his first full recital. His professional debut was with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Recalling other talented child violinists who had debuted in the same place, The San Francisco Examiner said, "In the 1920s it was Yehudi Menuhin, in the 1930s it was Isaac Stern; and last night it was Jaime Laredo." In San Francisco, he studied with Antonio de Grassi and Frank Houser. He went to Cleveland to study with Josef Gingold and attended the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where his teacher was Ivan Galamian.

In May 1959, he won the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition and debuted in October, 1960, at Carnegie Hall. During the first few years of his active international career as a soloist, the great conductor George Szell took time from his other activities to coach Laredo in repertoire.

In 1960, he married the Detroit-born pianist Ruth Meckler, who continued her career under the name Ruth Laredo after they divorced in 1974. He remarried, to cellist Sharon Robinson, and with pianist Joseph Kalichstein, they founded the Laredo-Robinson-Kalichstein Trio, becoming one of the world's leading chamber music ensembles. He and Robinson make their home in Vermont, where he has frequently participated in the Marlboro Festival.

Laredo founded, and is artistic director of, New York's Chamber Music at the 92nd Street Y series and is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, two of the most important performance series for chamber music in the U.S. Close friend and eminent violinist Alexander "Sascha" Schneider asked Laredo to carry on his pet project, the New York String Seminar and Orchestra, which attracts young string players from throughout the U.S. during the Christmas season. In addition, in 1994 he accepted the position of jury president of the Indianapolis International Violin Competition at the personal request of the competition's founder, Josef Gingold.

In the 1970s, Laredo also began a notable conducting career. He frequently conducts both the St. Paul and the Scottish Chamber Orchestras and in the 1999-2000 season became music advisor for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

His commissions for new works forward the repertoire of the L-R-K Trio and duos for him and his wife. Indiana-based composer David Ott composed Conversations, a duo work, as well as a Triple Concerto, which the Trio performed with the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard. In addition, Ned Rorem composed a Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra for him and Robinson, which was premiered in Saarbrücken.

In addition to solo concerto performances, he has recorded other notable multi-soloist works such as Mozart's Sinfonia concertante and Concertone. Although he has appeared on major labels such as RCA and CBS/Sony, some of his most notable releases are on the American independent labels Dorian and Arabesque. For the former, he has released an acclaimed set of Schubert's complete violin and piano music with pianist Susan Brown and on Arabesque the Trio recorded the complete trios and sonatas of Dmitry Shostakovich and Maurice Ravel. Read less
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    Glenn Gould: The Bach Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19439753902 Release Date: 08/07/2020   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Glenn Gould,  Jaime Laredo,  Leonard Rose
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Vladimir Golschmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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    Peter Serkin: Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19439713872 Release Date: 06/19/2020   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ferruccio Busoni  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Ruth Laredo,  Rudolf Serkin,  Mieczyslaw Horszowski  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider,  Seiji Ozawa,  Tadaaki Otaka,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    A Celebration: The Recordings for Cello & Piano / Yo-Yo Ma, Ax
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075929282 Release Date: 05/24/2019   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Emanuel Ax,  Kim Young Uck,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Peter Lieberson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Peter Serkin plays Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075879582 Release Date: 04/26/2019   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Rudolf Serkin,  Madeline Foley,  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tashi
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    Black Composers Series: The Complete Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 586215 Release Date: 01/18/2019   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges,  William Grant Still,  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Ulysses S. Kay  ... 
    Performer:  Miriam Fried,  Jaime Laredo,  Faye Robinson,  William Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Classic Archive - Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26401 Release Date: 11/18/2016  
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Elena Bashkirova,  Maxim Vengerov,  Boris Pergamenschikow,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna String Sextet,  Takács String Quartet,  Berlin Soloists  ... 
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    Yo-Yo Ma: The Classical Cello Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 513074 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Ton Koopman,  Emanuel Ax,  Edgar Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman,  Claudio Abbado,  Kurt Masur,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  ORTF National Orchestra  ... 
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    Rudolf Serkin Plays Schubert
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875051562 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Jaime Laredo,  Philipp Naegele,  Leslie Parnas  ... 
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    Isaac Stern plays Brahms
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843061362 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Rose,  Eugene Istomin,  Yo-Yo Ma  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Eugene Ormandy,  Milton Katims
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: The Piano Quartets / Ax, Stern, Ma, Laredo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56121 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Emanuel Ax,  Jaime Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma
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    Schubert, Boccherini: String Quintets / Stern, Lin, Laredo, Ma, Robinson
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56118 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Lin Cho-Liang,  Jaime Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma  ... 
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    Marlboro Festival 40th Anniversary - Schubert, Mozart: Quintets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46252 Release Date: 08/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Jaime Laredo,  Philipp Naegele,  Leslie Parnas  ... 
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    Schubert: Piano Trio No 1; Brahms: String Sextet No 2; Bach / Isaac Stern
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56158 Release Date: 07/22/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leonard Rose,  Isaac Stern,  Eugene Istomin,  Lin Cho-Liang  ... 
    Conductor:  Isaac Stern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
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    Two X Four: Bach, Glass, Clyne, Ludwig / Koh, Laredo
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 146 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Philip Glass,  Anna Clyne,  David Ludwig
    Performer:  Jaime Laredo,  Jennifer Koh
    Conductor:  Vinay Parameswaran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
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    Dvorak: Piano Quartet, Romantic Pieces, Sonatina / Ax, Stern, Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56141 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Emanuel Ax,  Jaime Laredo,  Isaac Stern,  Yo-Yo Ma  ... 
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    Bruch, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Laredo, Scottish Co
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1152 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Jaime Laredo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op 10, Etc / Hall, Laredo, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1243 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Judith Hall,  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Paul Barritt,  Jaime Laredo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Divertimenti,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Beethoven, Schumann: Piano Quartets [remastered]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756036 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jaime Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Emanuel Ax,  Isaac Stern
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    Triple Doubles / Laredo, Robinson, Hicks, Peters, Vermont Symphony
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9354 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour,  David Ludwig,  Daron Hagen
    Performer:  Sharon Robinson,  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Sarah Hicks,  Richard Danielpour,  Troy Peters
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vermont Symphony Orchestra
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    Music From Marlboro – Ravel: Piano Trio, Sonata For Violin And Cello
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92169 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Jaime Laredo,  Jeffrey Solow,  Ruth Laredo,  Leslie Parnas
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    Marlboro Fest 40th Anniversary- Schoenberg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45894 Release Date: 11/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Samuel Rhodes,  Madeline Foley,  Harold Wright,  Don Stewart  ... 
    Conductor:  Leon Kirchner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marlboro Festival Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Triple Concerto;  Brahms: Double Concerto
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Portrait   Catalog: 44842 Release Date: 06/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Leslie Parnas,  Jaime Laredo,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    The Essential Isaac Stern
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 728187 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Paul Tortelier,  Alexander Schneider  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms: The Violin Sonatas / Laredo, Pommier
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59642 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Jaime Laredo
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    The Essential Leon Fleisher
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 721581 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Raphael Hillyer,  Isidore Cohen,  Robert Mann  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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