Laura Snowden

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Classical Guitar/Composer

Location: London


'A poignant, mesmerising show....held the Wigmore Hall rapt' (The Guardian)

Award-winning classical guitarist and composer Laura Snowden gave the Julian Bream Trust concerts at Wigmore Hall in 2015 and 2017, premiering the Trust’s new commissions by Olli Mustonen and Julian Anderson. Laura was the first guitarist to graduate from the Yehudi Menuhin School, where guitar tuition was made possible by a donation from the Rolling Stones. Last year Laura recorded a new guitar concerto by Lisa Streich with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; she draws on her Celtic folk background with her folk ensemble Tir Eolas, with whom she performed at Shakespeare’s Globe at the invitation of guitarist John Williams. 

As a composer, Laura has been commissioned by VIDA Guitar Quartet, the Park Lane Group and the International Guitar Foundation; her song Live Free was performed at over 300 simultaneous concerts in 60 countries for the charity Voices for Hospices.