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 Encouragement award in 2008 and the 10 to 12 year old section of the Yamaha Piano Competition in 2007. In 2010 he completed his LMusA and in the same year won the Dorothy Glover Piano Award.
In 2013, he began full-time studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Tim Young which included playing with Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen and the UK’s Peter Hill as well as participating with his trio in the final of the Chamber Music Competition. 2014 saw Laurence perform with New Zealand’s Michael Houstoun and the Aurora Ensemble, as well as again progressing to the second round of ANAM’s Concerto Competition. Highlights of 2015 included Poulenc's Aubade with the ANAM Orchestra, performances at the 4MBS festival in Brisbane, chamber music projects with Lisa Moore, Kathy Stott and Anthony Marwood, progressing to the final of both the ANAM Chamber Competition and Melbourne Recital Centre's Great Romantics Competition, winning the ANAM Directors' Prize and an appearance at the Melbourne Recital Centre with Orchestra Victoria in Mozart's Concerto No.12.
Laurence was an ANAM Fellow in 2016 and presented a solo recital at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The year saw him perform as soloist with the Australian Ballet, with Opera Australia and in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He took part in both the 4MBS Festival and Brisbane Baroque Festival and performed chamber and solo engagements across the country with partners including Wilma Smith, Tim Young, Sophie Rowell and Nick Deutsch. He also made his conducting debut, directing the ANAM Orchestra in Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Peter de Jager.
2017 saw him perform as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Orchestra, as well as in the Utzon Room series at the Sydney Opera House and with Wilma and Friends. He will give recitals with Sophie Rowell, Nick Deutsch and Tim Young, and will make appearances at 4MBS Festival in Brisbane and the Melbourne Festival.
Laurence has performed multiple times at the Melbourne Recital Centre and is regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM. He has played concertos with the Orchestra Victoria, the ANAM Orchestra and the Preston and South Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He is also an accomplished harpsichordist, with regular festival and radio appearances across the country. He has studied composition with Richard Gill and was commissioned to write for Victorian Opera's 2012 production of Cinderella.
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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