Laura Thompson is a classically-trained violinist and violist and is also an avid Irish and Appalachian old-time fiddler. Her performing interests range from collaborating with composers on new works, to exploring Baroque performance practices, to performing string quartets and piano trios, to playing with folk bands. She is passionate about teaching, and currently maintains a private studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is also on the faculty at Tamarack Waldorf School and Downtown Montessori Academy. She received her Masters of Music in violin performance from the Royal College of Music, London and her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. She is also a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy.