Laura Cioffi

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Laura Cioffi started playing the flute at the age of 6 at the Johann Strauss School of Music with Silvio Zammit (FLCM LLCM TD). She obtained her Dip.ABRSM and her A Level Music in Flute performance at the age of 14. She has performed in most major concert venues in Malta and has appeared in various festivals and concerts. Laura has also played with many ensembles including the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (Michael Laus, Philip Walsh, Brian Schembri), the Malta Youth Orchestra (Joseph Vella), the Johann Strauss Flute Choir (Silvio Zammit) and the Junior College Orchestra (Michael Pirotta).

In 2009 she was chosen to be part of the European Union Youth Orchestra Leverhulme Summer School which involved masterclasses with Rien de Reede, David Strange, Peter Stark and a performance at the Wolkenturm in Grafenegg (Austria) with the main orchestra under Andrew Litton. Between 2010 and 2012 she has participated in BISYOC Youth Orchestral Camp in the UK and Malta as well as performing in Ludlow, Presteigne, Leominster, Victoria Gozo and the President’s Palace in Valletta under Julian Gibbons and Lee Ferguson. Laura has also participated in solo performance masterclasses locally and abroad with high profile flautists like Katherine Bryan (2013), Rita D’Arcangelo (2012), Luisa Sello (2011), Federica Lotti (2011), Jean Ferrandis (2008), Elena Duran (2007) and Andrea Griminelli (2006). She has also studied with Marie-Christine Zupancic and Anna Noakes.

In May 2010 Laura was the winner of the Young Musicians' Contest for the Promising category. In March 2012, Laura had her solo debut with a performance of Chaminade’s Concertino for flute and orchestra with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Laura is currently reading for a BMus (Hons) in flute performance with Andrea Kuypers at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. She has performed at various venues Edinburgh and in Glasgow both as a soloist and with ensembles like the Napier University Chamber Orchestra, Flutes Unlimited, the Napier University Flute Choir and the Tinderbox Orchestra. She was also a member of the Senior NYOS and the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra of Scotland. She is currently a member of the Scottish Opera Connect Orchestra with whom she will premiere a commissioned piece for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Laura is also looking at exploring the repertoire for flute duo with Clara Galea in their project Duo Aulos and they will have their Fringe Festival debut this August. Her studies are being funded by the Ian Tomlin Malta Scholarships and the Malta Arts Scholarship Scheme.

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