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Laura Burian, Violin

Laura Burian, violin, thinks of music as her first language and as the glue that has bound her life together. Her parents met in high school orchestra with her mother on the violin and her father on cello, and filled the house with music throughout Laura’s childhood.

In middle school, she spent summers at music camp in Eaglesmere, PA. In high school, she spent summers at the music camp Kinhaven in Vermont, and joined the New River Valley Symphony and the Roanoke Symphony. In college, she played in the Duke University Orchestra (including a year as concertmaster), played chamber recitals with the Chapeau Piano Quartet, taught at the Duke University String School, and spent one summer as concertmaster of the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA. However, her academic degree was a B.A. in Comparative Area Studies with a primary focus on East Asia.

Many of her years after college were spent in the greater China region, where she studied and worked in Taipei, Hong Kong, Nanjing, and Beijing. She joined local orchestras, chamber groups, and folk music groups in all of these locations. She came to Monterey for a M.A. in Chinese/English translation and interpretation, and has been a professor there for nearly two decades while maintaining a healthy freelance portfolio as a translator, interpreter, and violinist, performing regularly with several local ensembles including the Monterey String Quartet, Ensemble Monterey, Monterey Pops, and Heartstrings.

Laura lives in Seaside with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of cats, chickens, birds, and other wonderful creatures.