Korean American pianist Laura Poe is a highly sought-after artist and collaborator who enjoys a career as a pianist, opera coach and educator. Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Laura is a member of the music staff at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Since the 2015-2016 season, she has also been a member of the music staff at San Francisco Opera.
She has also worked as a répétiteur and vocal coach at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, The Metropolitan Opera and the Semperoper Dresden, where she made her professional conducting debut conducting 19 performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The production was later invited to the Lucerne Music Festival for an additional two performances. Laura was also an Associate Vocal Coach at The Juilliard School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Aspen Music Festival and School, AIMS in Graz, CoOperative and Si parla, si canta in Urbania, Italy.
A graduate of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Laura has trained under the tutelage of world-class musicians, conductors and directors, including: Sir Thomas Allen, Marco Armiliato, Reri Grist, Thomas Hampson, James Levine, Malcolm Martineau, Ken Noda, Felicity Palmer, Renata Scotto, Diane Soviero, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Benita Valente, José van Dam and Stephen Wadsworth.
Laura has collaborated with some of today’s greatest singers, including sopranos Lisette Oropesa and Deborah Voigt, the latter with whom she performed a live broadcast on New York’s classical radio station, WQXR. She was also featured in the BBC2 documentary What Makes a Great Soprano with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. In 2009, she was a third prize winner at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London.
As an experienced violinist, flutist and horn player, Laura is a frequent performer with instrumentalists and singers. She is an official accompanist to several instrumental and vocal competitions, and is also an experienced soloist and chamber musician.
She has been heard in concert at numerous festivals throughout the United States including the Music Academy of the West, Ravinia Steans Institute, Bard Summerscape, Glimmerglass Opera, in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Museum of Modern Art, Europe and Trinidad and Tobago.
Laura’s academic accomplishments include a Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano from The Juilliard School in New York City and a Masters in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was awarded in 2015, the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award in Performance. A dedicated teacher, Laura holds a Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
A running enthusiast, Laura loves to travel, get lost, and race in marathons.