Laura Kramer and her Baroque CelloSaturday, February 25, 2006
Laura Kramer is my favourite Vancouver cellist. She is the only one I know that holds a doctorate in the historical performance practice of the cello from Cornell University. While she plays the modern cello very well, I like her best with her baroque instrument (no spike is one way to tell the difference). She performs in the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Laura is very shy and quiet spoken but when she sits to play she is rock solid. I always wait for those virtuoso moments. With my eyes closed she sounds amazing. With my eyes open it seems effortless for her. And in the difficult parts she always smiles. A few years ago, a full church in West Van (including me) waited a full 45 minutes before the Pacific Baroque Orchestra could begin the concert. It seems that their rock solid cellist was stuck on the Lions Gate Bridge.