Musician Profiles

Laura DeLuca

Laura DeLuca, clarinet, joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986, and is a co-founding member of Seattle Chamber Players since 1989. A versatile musician and collaborator, her true passion is playing chamber music of all different styles and genres including klezmer music. Performances with Seattle Chamber Players have taken her to festivals in China, Costa Rica, Moscow, Italy, Denmark, Estonia and Warsaw. Additional engagements include regular performances and recordings with Music of Remembrance (MOR), Icicle Creek Music Festival, Town Hall Series, Richmond Music Festival and her latest endeavor, Trio Tara, a newly formed trio with clarinet, viola and piano. As soloist, she appeared with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Youth Orchestra, Rainier and Cascade Symphonies and Southeast Orchestra of Texas.

Laura has performed on dozens of recordings including more than 100 compact discs with the Seattle Symphony and recorded with MOR on Naxos label Hans Krasa's children's opera, Brundibar, and commissioned works by Jake Heggie, Paul Schoenfield and Lori Laitman. She is also featured on many movie soundtracks, including the solo clarinet work on the Academy Award-winning feature-length documentaries The Long Way Home and Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport.

Her newest endeavor is Coil, a duo with belly dancer and costumer, Lesley Rialto. Coil is and ever- evolving kaleidoscope for the senses! This intense, luscious duet portrays everything from a raunchy stripper vignette to a rolling tantric lullaby with dignity and humor. DeLuca’s powerful sound is languorously magnified with elastic hips and fluid hands of Rialto.

Laura received her formal training at Northwestern University where she studied with the celebrated Robert Marcellus.
Her lifelong interest in the body, mind and spirit connection and how that folds into being a performing musician has inspired her to study yoga, gyrotonics, continuum movement, meditation and Quigong. She continues to weave those disciplines into her daily life.
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