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Laura Piras


Laura Piras specialises in the performance of 17th, 18th & 19th century works on historical flutes. She is Artistic Director and Principal Flute with The Vauxhall Band, and Co-Principal Flute with The Hanover Band, for whom she has also curated concert programmes such as the ‘Schubert in the City 2022-23’ series.

Laura has performed and recorded with other leading ensembles such as the London Handel Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Solomon’s Knot, The Feinstein Ensemble, and the Pythagoras Ensemble, for who she was Historical Performance Curator, in venues such as Buckingham Palace, the Southbank, St John’s, Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, and abroad.

Keen to share her experiences, Laura has worked with The Vauxhall Band, The Hanover Band, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on education projects. She currently teaches flute and music theory at Graveney School in London, and has many private students of modern and historical flutes. Previous teaching experience includes a post as modern and baroque flute teacher for the University of East Anglia from 2007-11.

Laura received a MA in Historical Performance from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied baroque and classical flutes with Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown, supported by the Winifred Disney Award. She won the prestigious Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize and graduated with Distinction.

In addition, Laura read music at the University of East Anglia, receiving a BA (Hons) and a MMus in Performance Studies. She was awarded four major bursaries for performance studies from the School of Music (Hilda Houssart, Britten-Pears, Imogen Holst and Frank Thistlethwaite Scholarships) which enabled her to receive modern and baroque flute lessons from William Sleath.