Laura Cividino

dsc_9074Born in 1983, received her violin diploma in 2004 with prof. Diego Masutti and piano diploma in 2005 with prof. Ugo Cividino, both at the J. Tomadini Conservatory of Music in Udine, Italy. She continued her studies in Klagenfurt, Austria, with Professor Helfried Fister and in March 2008 received violin diploma from that school. In May 2012 she graduated with a Master degree from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, where she studied violin in the class of Professor Andrzej Grabiec. In February 2014 she received her viola diploma at the G. Tartini Conservatory of Music in Trieste, Italy. During her regular musical studies she completed courses in the Willems Pedagogy method and graduated with master diploma in 2002. She also participated in numerous international courses for violin and chamber music interpretation.

In June 2003 she won an Italian scholarship to participate in the Texas Music Festival in Houston, Texas. In the same year she became part of the interregional orchestra SFK, and in 2008 toured China as principal violin of this orchestra. In the season 2009 – 2010 she joined the Orchestra Academy Ossiach ( youth orchestra founded by members of the Wiener Philharmoniker). In 2012 she toured Chile with YOA-Orchestra of the Americas.

Visiting Houston, Texas in 2008 and 2009 she participated in the “Edythe Bates Old Moores Opera Center” production of two operas: “Orpheus in Underworld” and “The Grapes of Wrath”, then collaborating with them as a student of the University from 2010 to 2012 (“The Magic Flute”, “Il Postino”, “Falstaff”, “Amelia” e “Der Rosenkavalier”). In Italy, as a member of string orchestra Piccola Accademia conducted by Professor Alberto Vianello, she participated in two CD recordings: “Concerti per viola d’amore” and “J.S.Bach 2000”. She also recorded for the Austrian ORF and for the American KUHA.

In 2011 she won the Concerto Competition, section strings, at the University of Houston. She then performed J. Sibelius Violin Concerto with the University Orchestra, conducted by maestro Franz Anton Krager, in April 2012. She repeated the solo experience with the Houston Sinfonietta in May 2012. In October 2012 she performed together with Luis Ramirez Cuecuecha, W.A. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola with Clear Lake Symphony.

As a chamber musician Laura Cividino participated in numerous competitions. In 2007 her Mirror Quintet participated in the first international Competition “Quintetti d’Europa” and was awarded Distinguished Prize. In 2008, together with Theresa Althuber, Gregor Hrabar and Luca Cividino she founded the ISA ensemble which performed during the opening concert of the prestigious international festival “Musicagiovani 2008”, as well as in one of the concerts of the World Willems Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2009 ISA ensemble performed in Vienna, Austria, for the University of Music. One of the great accomplishments of this ensemble was winning the second prize (first not awarded) of the Alpe Adria Competition. In the two years 2010 and 2011 she contributed to the revival of the “Mirror Quartet” together with her brother Luca, and two international musicians, an American violist and an Hungarian violinist.

In Houston she has been performing chamber music with the “Houston New Arts Movement,” the chamber orchestra “Mercury – the orchestra redefined,” and the “Bach Society Houston.” She is also a founding member of the Houston-based Calliope String Quartet, which is scheduled for a concert tour of Italy, Austria, and Slovenia this July.

For many years she has been a member of a piano trio with her father Ugo Cividino and her brother Luca. This ensemble concertized extensively throughout Europe. Some of the memorable concerts took place at the Conservatory (1996) and at the “Fonseca” University (2006) in Salamanca (Spain), at the Gulbenkian foundation in Lisbon (2000) Portugal, in the Concordia Theatre of Pordenone and in the G. da Udine Theatre in Udine (2004), both in Italy.

Since 2005 she has been member of the faculty of the international music festival “Musicagiovani” in Majano, Italy. In May 2012 she performed concerts and gave Masterclasses in Medellin (Colombia). She is currently working as a teacher and a free lance musician in Houston (Texas).