From Melbourne, Laurence's first serious exposure to music came when he was involved in the Young ANAM program from 2005 to 2008. Studying with Rita Reichmann, he won the Young Academy Achievement award in 2008 and the junior section of the Yamaha Piano Competition in 2007, before winning the Dorothy Glover Piano Award in 2010.
In 2013, he began full-time studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Timothy Young as one of the youngest ever students, during which he participated twice in the final of the ANAM Chamber Music Competition and won the prestigious ANAM Directors’ Prize. He was selected to become a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music in 2016, curating and leading a year-long series of concerts involving students, faculty and guests. He performed as soloist multiple times with the ANAM Orchestra and has play/directed projects with them including Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in Eb.
Laurence is regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM and has appeared as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Preston Symphony, the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and with the Australian Ballet. He has performed in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Opera Australia Orchestra, with Opera Australia, as well as in recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Utzon Room series of the Sydney Opera House. His festival appearances include the Brisbane Baroque, 4MBS and Melbourne Festivals and he was invited to perform alongside many of Australia’s greatest musicians at the Melbourne Recital Centre’s 10th Anniversary Gala concert.
Laurence has a particular passion for chamber music and has been involved in projects with Paavali Jumppanen, the Aurora Ensemble, Anthony Marwood, Peter Hill and Kathy Stott, while his regular duo partners include Sophie Rowell, Kristian Chong, Wilma Smith, Nick Deutsch and Tim Young. He is also a mentor and pianist for many of Australia’s top young violinists including the winner of the 2018 Junior International Menuhin Violin Competition, Christian Li.
Aside from piano, Laurence is also an accomplished harpsichordist, with regular festival and radio appearances across the country. He studied composition and music theory with Richard Gill for many years and was commissioned to write for Victorian Opera's 2012 production of Cinderella and conducted the ANAM Orchestra.
In 2011 he commenced a Bachelor of Science degree at Melbourne University, but left before completing it. He also plays chess, coming second in the 2016 Victorian Chess Championship and was Australian Under 12 and Victorian Junior Champion. During the summer, he becomes an avid cricket fan.
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