Possessing an ‘exceptional range of colour and sonority’ (Classical Guitar Magazine 2014), Laura Snowden is a winner of numerous national and international awards. Recently selected for the Tillett Trust, St John’s Smith Square and International Guitar Foundation’s Young Artists Programmes, she also won First Prize at the 2014 Ivor Mairants Guitar Award.
Following studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where guitar tuition was made possible by the Rolling Stones, Laura went on to the Royal College of Music, winning the Guitar Prize in her first year. She is now a Postgraduate RCM Scholar, supported by a John Lewis Partnership Award, a Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Award and a Julian Bream Trust Award. Laura has performed at some of the UK’s leading music and guitar festivals, and has appeared as a soloist at Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead and Kings Place.
As a composer, she was a winner of the Alienor Harpsichord Composition Competition 2015 and has had her music played on BBC Radio 3 and premiered at Sadlers Wells, Deal Festival and Handel House. Laura writes and performs for folk group Tir Eolas, recipients of a City Music Foundation Award, who have performed together at venues including Bestival, Ronnie Scott’s and Royal Albert Hall. Other collaborative projects include her duo with Tom Ellis, which won First Prize at the Ligita International Guitar Duo Competition in 2012; and the Snowden-Sir duo with violinist Joo Yeon Sir, for whom she was recently commissioned a new piece by the International Guitar Foundation.