Laura Futamura is a sophomore at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. She is a third-year student at the Juilliard Pre-College under the instruction of the renowned Carol Wincenc. Laura has previously studied with Demarre McGill and Dr. Bradley Garner. In the program, she has participated in numerous activities, including the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, solo recitals, chamber groups, chorus, and composer collaborations.
Laura is a winner of the 2018 National YoungArts Foundation in the Classical Music Division. The past summer, she was a finalist of the 2017 National Flute Association’s High School Soloist competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also participated in the Marina Piccinini International Master Classes in the New World Symphony Center of Miami Beach, Florida, where she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to travel to Weggis, Switzerland to study with Sir James Galway at the Galway Flute Festival. She has also worked with Leone Buyse and Sergio Pallottelli in the Flauti al Castello Master Classes in Tuscany, Italy.
In addition to flute, Laura plays piano competitively and has performed in various concert halls, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She regularly performs both flute and piano in numerous local nursing homes.
Outside of music, Laura is on her high school’s student council and competitive VEX Robotics team. In 2017, she and her group won 2nd place in Digital Video Production at New Jersey’s Technology Student Association’s high school level competition. She is also on the Middletown High School South varsity tennis team. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, drawing, and hanging out with friends.