Amos Lawrence


Violinist Amos Lawrence has performed in the Teatro Communale
"Maggio Musicale Fiorentino" in Florence Italy and in
that orchestra's 1986 tour of Spain. He has
performed at the "International
Musician's Seminar" at
Prussia Cove in Great
Britain, the Casals Festival
in Puerto Rico, the
Scotia Festival in Halifax
Nova Scotia,Chamber
Music of Saugatuck
in Michigan, the Colorado
Festival of Music in Boulder
Colorado, the Baroque
Performance Institute in
Oberlin Ohio, the Breckenridge
Music Institute in Colorado,
Music Academy of the West
in Santa Barbara California,
"Summer Strings " in
Woodstock Vermont,
the Bowdoin Music Festival
in Maine, the "Castello di Cennina"
in Bucine Italy, and the Israel
Festival in Caesaria Israel.
Mr. Lawrence has served
on the faculty of the
Brevard Music Center in
North Carolina, the Piano
and Strings Workshop at
the College of Charleston,
and the Tennessee Valley
Strings Camp in Huntsville
Alabama. For nine years
served as an adjunct professor
at the College of Charleston,
played in the Charleston
Symphony String Quartet,
and for twelve years he was
Assistant Concertmaster of the
Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
He has played in the Wisconsin Chamber
Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Charlotte Symphony.
He has been a soloist with the Charleston Symphony, playing such works as Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen", Saint Saens "Havanaise", the "Meditation" from Thais, the music from "Schindler's List", Elgar's Concertino for String Quartet, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Jon Deak's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" for String Quartet and Orchestra, Vivaldi's Concerto for two violins, and Fritz Kreisler's "Preludium and Allegro". He has also performed Mendelssohn's Concerto in e minor, Wieniawski's Concerto in d minor, and Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" with the Charleston Metropolitan Civic Orchestra, as well as concerti with the College of Charleston Orchestra, and the Ocean City Pops.

Amos Lawrence's education and training began with the piano and recorder. On the violin, he attended the Greenwood Music Camp at age eleven, and won the Sanford Competition at age 14 which enabled him to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts on a full scholarship where he studied with Vartan Manoogian. At this time, he benefited enormously from a collaboration with the famous pianist Lili Kraus who coached him on Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas. At sixteen, he was the youngest member of the "International Orchestra" which toured Italy in the summer of 1977. At the age of eighteen, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with the legendary Ivan Galamian and Jascha Brodsky. At Curtis, his chamber music teachers were Misha Schneider, and Felix Galimir. He received his Master's degree with a "Distinction in Performance" honor from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. There he served as concertmaster of the New England Conservatory Orchestra and won the Charles Ely Scholarship Award. He was a prize winner of the Courts Sonata Competition, and a winner of the NEC Chamber Music Gala Competition. He participated with Russian artists in the "Making Music Together" Festival in Boston in 1988. There he worked with composers Alfred Schnittke, Leon Kirchner, and Gunther Schuller. Among performances in Jordan Hall he played such works as Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire", and "Ode to Napoleon". He collaborated there in chamber music performances with members of the Toho Gakuen School from Japan. In addition, he has played in master classes for such artists as Yehudi Menuhin, (Vieuxtemps Concerto #2) and Nathan Milstein (Ysaye "Ballade"). He has played over 25 performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston South Carolina, and at the Meadowmount School of Music he has performed Alban Berg's opus #3 string quartet, Igor Sravinsky's Duo Concertante, and William Walton's Violin Concerto.

Amos and his family reside in Brookline, Massachusetts. Amos can be contacted at: 617-505-6412