Laura Hairgrove Randall
Flutist • Educator • Arts Entrepreneur
Laura Hairgrove Randall is a classically trained flutist, traverso player and arts entrepreneur based in the Boston/Providence metro area. Known for her warm sound and expressive interpretation on both modern and historical flutes, Laura Hairgrove Randall is a creatively oriented chamber musician passionate about projects that emphasize the culture shaping potential and community building aspects of music making.
Laura’s notable projects include founding and directing the Halo Ensemble, an international artists’ collaborative and self-conducted chamber orchestra that performed in the United States, Finland, Hungary and Thailand featuring classic repertoire, new and commissioned music and cross-genre collaborations. Most recently Laura founded Pear Tree & Partridge, an artisan music duo, with pianist Mary Vanhoozer, and Wires & Woods, a period performance band, with violinist Nelli Jabotinsky, cellist Andrew Koutroubas and harpsichordist Kevin Devine. An avid educator, Laura also serves as artistic faculty and an Associate Director of Coda Mountain Academy's Summer Music Festival.
A historical performance enthusiast, Laura appeared as an obbligato soloist, orchestral and chamber musician with the American Bach Soloists as part of the 2015 Festival, where her
performance was lauded as “memorable” by the San Francisco Examiner. Equally at home with contemporary music, Laura has been engaged to premiere several new works, including participation in the commission and world premiere of Geoff Knorr’s Three Songs for Chamber Ensemble at the Helsinki Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Her latest commission, a trio for classical flute, cello and fortepiano by Josh Rodriguez will be premiered spring 2018.
A first prize winner in both the Clear Lake Symphony and Virtuosi of Houston concerto competitions, Laura made her concerto debut at the age of seventeen performing C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor. Originally from Houston, Texas, Laura holds degrees from Boston University (Graduate Performance Diploma in flute performance), Longy School of Music (Master of Music in flute performance), and Cornell University (Bachelor of Arts in music). Laura is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Historical Performance at Boston University with Christopher Krueger. Her research interests include narrative and communication in music, music and theology, and French sacred music with a particular focus on French sacred cantatas.
When not playing the flute, Laura can be found exploring other creative and recreational interests including oil painting, cooking, running and probing through the latest in contemporary fiction in the hopes of one day discovering this generation’s Jane Austen. Laura lives with her husband Bob, their mischievous Siberian cat, Anastasia, and bubbly little Yorkie puppy, Izzy, in Newton, Massachusetts.
Press and Testimonials
"Similarly, those who have attended these concerts regularly come to expect that there will be a composition for multiple flutes by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. This time it was a sonata for three flutes (Weronika Balewski, Aik Shin Tan, and Laura Randall) from his Opus 34 collection. The sonata was actually in four parts, the lowest being taken by bassoonist Leah Kohn...what impresses about Boismortier is his capacity for homophony of similar sonorities; and yesterday’s performance was definitely a memorable one.”
- Stephen Smoliar, San Francisco Examiner
On the Halo Ensemble:
"The young, talented musicians of the Halo Ensemble completely conquered my heart. They performed a very diverse selection of music with great skill and passion.. the Ensemble is made up of excellent soloists, whose playing equally delights in solo pieces and chamber music works. These musicians radiated not only music but also joy and love. It was a very rare experience!"
- Ritva Koistinen
Professor of Kantele, Sibelius Academy of Music
"It is rare to leave a concert and realize that you've experienced more than what happened on the stage...the Halo Ensemble let me see beyond themselves to the heart of their music and their spirit."
- Alan Harrell
Cello, Cleveland Orchestra
"It wasn't just an event, where some people are on stage performing music and others are sitting in the bench and clapping occasionally. There seemed to be something more to it - like something, that is a mere picture, coming suddenly alive...like a reflection that became real unexpectedly. Throughout the entire concert there was a very special sense of presence in the cathedral hall. Something was present, and that something made everything more than just music."
- Kaisa Vanhala, Jyväskylä, Finland
Audience Member: Halo Ensemble Concert, Uskon Yö Artists’ Festival