Mia Laity

Mia Laity

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First year with SO: 2018

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Instrument: Mia's violin is Italian and was made by Mario Gadda in 1953. She has played it since she was 15, so in many ways Mia has become the player she is today with it and through it. They've been through a lot together!

Precollege Studies – Colburn School of the Performing Arts; Bachelor of Music – Manhattan School of Music; Orchestral Training Program – Orchestra Now; Graduate Studies – Indiana University

Ms. Laity is the second violinist of the Adelphi quartet, the guest artist string quartet in residence at the National Orchestral Institute. Formed by the Sphinx Organization, Adelphi is composed of underrepresented minorities changing the face of classical music through performance and education.  She is also assistant concertmaster of Charlottesville Opera.

Ms. Laity has recorded with Converse Records, Warner Brothers Studios, and the Naxos label, and has performed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, David Geffen (formerly Avery Fischer) Hall, Disney Hall, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Town Hall NYC, and Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Laity studied with Grigory Kalinovsky, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Laurie Smukler at the Manhattan School of Music, receiving the Helen Airoff Dowling award for the outstanding violinist graduating from the BM program.  She resumed her studies with Grigory Kalinovsky as a graduate student at Indiana University, where she also taught as an Associate Instructor.

Mia loves to knit! She adopted a senior Shih Tzu named Coco when he was 10. He is 12 years old now and has been with Mia to DC, Indiana, California, New York, and now Florida.

Career Highlights:
Mia's favorite musical moment is performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Orquestra Simfònica Illes Balears in Spain.


Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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