Instrument: Georg Klotz II, Mittenwald, Germany, 1761.
Laurel Wells has performed internationally as a violist and violinist. For twenty years she was a member of the violin section of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, between seasons earning Master’s degrees in violin and viola at Indiana University. She was also the violist with a quartet in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada. During the off season of Lyric Opera, Laurel played seasons with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, and in Chicago, performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony, Grant Park orchestra, and various Baroque ensembles. In 1995 she became principal violist of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. She is currently a member of Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, and performs often with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and the Fifth Avenue Theatre. On the Baroque scene, Laurel performs with the Portland Baroque, and Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver, B.C., Gallery Concert series, as well as the Kügeln Trio.