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Laurel Thomsen, Violinist – Composer, Performer, Recording Artist, and Instructor

Lovely Laurel Steps onto the Front Page of the New York Times

You may have spotted Monterey native Laurel Thomsen on the Bicycling Monterey website as a chic cyclist about town.

Now she’s in The New York Times.

This performing violinist, recording artist, composer, arranger, and violin and viola instructor popped up in a front-page story in the January 11, 2012 NYT.   See “With Enough Bandwidth, Many Join the Band,” by Catherine Saint Louis.

Laurel is creator and host of the Violin Geek Podcast, author of Improve Your Bowing Technique, and a regular contributor to Strings magazine.

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Laurel Clement stop sign for closeup


Perhaps you’ve seen Laurel performing with Peace Train, the Cat Stevens tribute band, or in one of her many other musical incarnations, such as Sweetfire with Shannon Miller…Bright Side Band…or sitting in with Mike Beck and Tom Ayres at Plaza Linda…with Trusting Lucy in a fiery performance at Colton Hall…or with Sahra Baker and friends at Wave Street Studios or the old Monterey Live.  Maybe you’ve heard her performing with a variety of orchestras and classical ensembles.

Here’s an update: On March 8, 2013,  Laurel Thomsen and Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Frechette will have their debut live performance, which takes place in Monterey and launches a California tour. Click to learn more.


Did you know?

Even though you may be aware of Laurel’s abilities as an instrumental composer/arranger,  you may not know this:  She’s an extraordinary vocalist and lyricist as well, and those abilities shine in such compositions as her 2012 song “Comrades.”

Haven’t heard her?  Go to Laurel’s website and take a listen!

Hey, Laurel.  Think we don’t know all you’re up to?  Your many fans in Monterey, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond are tracking you!

Take a peek at Laurel, and friends,  right here:

Go to for more.


This post was previously published 1/10/12.

This post was published on 13 June 2012. One or more changes last made to this post on 6 March 2013.

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