Cellist Amanda Laborete was 4 years old when she first encountered her love for music. When she was 6, she picked up her first cello after watching LA phil play at the Hollywood Bowl. Her heart jumped in elation as she carried the tiny instrument on her back. Now, she is pursuing her Masters at Manhattan School of music under Professor Julia Lichten, and she still feels just the same. Amanda now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Alan Harris. While there, she was the recipient of the 2015 Glenn and Frances Harris Cello Prize. In addition to her studies at Eastman, Amanda has had the privilege of studying with Astrid Schween, Carina Voly, and Jonathon Koh.
In 2012, Amanda gave her solo debut with the International Youth Symphony performing Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations. While completing her undergraduate studies, Amanda became involved in music education, teaching as a chamber coach for San Diego State Summer Music Institute, and Cello Teacher/Chamber Coach at the Hochstein School of Music. She currently serves as a Substitute Section Cellist for Rochester Philharmonia Orchestra, and Syracuse Symphoria. In past years, she has sat principal for the MSM Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and the San Diego Youth Symphony.
When not playing Cello, Amanda enjoys tending to her succulents, painting, and eating the most delicious food with friends.