Violist Laura Krentzman completed her undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and graduate studies at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Carol Rodland and Susan Dubois. While at the University of North Texas, Laura studied Baroque viola performance with Cynthia Roberts and was principal viola of the Collegium Musicum. Laura also has her Graduate Performance Certificate from the Hartt School where she studied with Rita Porfiris and was a member of the Performance 20/20 chamber music program.
She has participated in many summer festivals, including the Henry Mancini Institute, New York University String Quartet Workshop, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Laura has performed in masterclasses with Kim Kashkashian, Wilfried Strehle, Helen Callus and Michelle LaCourse and has worked with Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson Quartet as well as Danny Seidenberg of the Turtle Island Quartet.
Laura has performed as a soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the University of North Texas Collegium Musicum, the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra where she also served as principal viola for three years.
Laura is also an active proponent of new music. Since 2005, Laura has premiered and recorded numerous works by composers Alla Elana Cohen, Elizabeth Austin, David Macbride, Robert Carl, Önder Özkoç as well as works by her husband, Erberk Eryılmaz.
Most recently Laura held the positions of Associate Principal viola with the Erie Philharmonic, 2 nd chair viola with the Canton Symphony and was a regular sub with Pittsburgh Opera and the Wheeling Symphony.
Laura currently lives in Houston and is a co-director of Hoppa Project which focuses of performing music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She is also a member of Axiom Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. In addition to this, Laura is also a member of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Victoria Symphony, and also performs regularly with Opera in the Heights and the Classical Music Institute.