Filipino-American cellist, Amanda Laborete is currently pursuing her Masters at Manhattan School of music under Julia Lichten. Amanda holds a bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music. She is also a recipient of the Glenn and Frances Harris Cello Prize. In past years, Amanda has had the privilege of studying with Alan Harris, Astrid Schween, Jonathon Koh, and Carina Voly. In addition to summer studies, Amanda has performed numerous times with the La Jolla Music Festival. In 2012, she gave her solo debut with the International Youth Symphony. As a teacher, Amanda has served as chamber coach for San Diego State Summer Music Institute, Cello Teacher/Chamber Coach at the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, NY, and is currently on faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts in Manhattan. She has performed as a section cellist in Rochester Philharmonia Orchestra and Syracuse Symphoria. In past years she has been principal of the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, MSM Chamber Sinfonia, Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and the San Diego Youth Symphony. As an active proponent of Filipino representation and visibility in classical music, Amanda joined the musician roster as a chamber player for Filam Music Foundation. Additionally, she performs frequently with Groupmuse in an effort to make classical music more accessible across all audiences. Amanda has enjoyed a varied career previously working in finance and culinary arts. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with animals, painting, and eating great food with friends.