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 full scholarship 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 Arthur Gottschalk, Reza Vali, Alla Elana Cohen, Elizabeth Austin, David Macbride, Robert Carl, Arthur Hernandez, Yiğit Kolat, and Önder Özkoç, as well as works by her husband, Erberk Eryılmaz.
Laura has held the positions of Associate Principal viola with the Erie Philharmonic and 2nd chair viola with the Canton Symphony. She has also performed with Pittsburgh Opera, the Wheeling Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, and the Glens Falls Symphony.
Laura currently lives in Houston and is a co-director of Hoppa Project, which focuses on performing music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She is also a member of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Victoria Symphony. Most recently, Laura become the violist of the Axiom Quartet, a Houston based string quartet that performs a wide range of styles, from classics to pop and rock.