Sabina Laurain – Flutist
Sabina Laurain was born in New York, N.Y. and grew up in northern Westchester County, N.Y. Her mother was a pianist and her father, an artist. She began studying the flute when she was ten years old in her elementary school’s music program. Two years later her parents began taking her for private flute lessons at a local music school. At sixteen she enrolled in Boston University’s school for the Arts where she studied with Phillip Kaplan and James Pappoutsakis of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also studied with Paul Fried, the legendary Jean-Pierre Rampal, Marcel Moyse and the incomparable Julius Baker, soloist and Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Laurain has played with the Opera Orchestra of New York, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Camarata Salzburg, among other orchestras, and is the principal flutist of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México with whom she has recorded extensively under the baton of Maestro Enrique Batiz. In 1983 their recording of Claude Debussy’s “Afternoon of a Faun” won the British “First Record Award.”
In addition to her orchestral work Ms. Laurain is an active soloist and teacher. Together with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico she performed the Mexican premiere of the Krysztof Penderecki Concerto and the Latin American premiere of the Lowell Liebermann Concerto. Her solo performances have taken her to Europe, Central and South America, the U.S.A. and throughout Mexico, and she has recorded two Mexican works for solo flute and orchestra: “Amatzinac” by Jose Pablo Moncayo and “Danzon Numero Tres” by Arturo Marquez. Ms. Laurain has also given Master Classes in Mexico, the U.S.A., Europe and Central and South America.
Her teaching responsibilities include the Festival Internacional de Flauta y Piccolo Oaxaca and the Conservatario de Música del Estado de México.