Laurine Celeste Fox, musician
“An unforgettable night of art.” Merchand/La Voz Hispana (NYC)
LAURINE CELESTE FOX and her New York area ensembles have garnered deeply felt acclaim, with critics declaring their performances “Glorious... magical... crowned with clamorous applause… an unforgettable night of art.” (Hernando Merchand/La Voz Hispana (NYC)) and “triumphed right from the start when the hushed tremolo of the second violins ushered in an atmosphere of supreme awe…” (Otto Salzer/The Cranford Chronicle (NJ)).
On the international scene Ms. Fox has conducted orchestras in Brazil, Denmark, Germany and Russia, once again deeply touching the hearts of listeners as evidenced with reviews declaring, “Fox’s moving interpretation… thrust the audience into an avalanche of passion, love and inevitability.” (Alfiya Sufieva/ Black Sea Revival (Sochi, Russia)).
Laurine is also widely known for her musical scholarship, which has resulted in the resurrection of a number of superb musical works that she and her ensembles have premiered. Western Hemisphere premieres have included the Handel Dettingen Anthem and Schubert’s two “Tantum ergos,” D. 460 and
Ms. Fox is also the foremost proponent of the music of Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga in North America, and has given the premiere performances in the Americas of numerous Arriaga works. Her years of work with the Arriaga musical manuscripts undoubtedly qualify her as the foremost expert in the Western Hemisphere of the orchestral music of Arriaga.
With her interest in repertoire from around the world, Laurine and her ensembles have also given the North American and/or New York premieres of such works as “Conquest of Jericho” by Detroit composer Lettie Beckon Alston; “Passacaglia” by Argentinian composer Arizaga; Concerto No. 2 for Kanun and Orchestra by Armenian composer Avetissyan; Klezmer Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Israeli composer Ben-Amots; “Tres Cantilenas Argentinas y Final” by Argentinian composer Guastavino; “The Feast of Autumn” by Korean composer Sukhi Kang; “Concerto Andalus” for ‘Ud and Orchestra by Lebanese composer Marcel Khalifé; “Song in the Dusk” and Ballet Suite from “Bari” by Korean composer Geonyong Lee; and “Cinquillo Dramático” by Puerto Rican composer Awilda Villarini.
Ms. Fox presently resides in New York City, where her work has seen her appear with such artists as Francisco Casanova, lead tenor of the Metropolitan Opera, Mindy Kaufman, solo piccolo of the New York Philharmonic, and David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In recent performances as a guest conductor she has appeared at Carnegie Hall with guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarín, Lincoln Center with Opera Eurydice, Town Hall (NYC) with the Association of Dominican Classical Artists, Miller Theater with the Boricua College Chorus & Orchestra and in Russia with the Symphony Orchestras of Maikop and Sochi.
Prior to her present post as Music Director/Conductor of Symphony of the City of New York, Ms. Fox was the Music Director/Conductor of The Bronx Concert Singers, Trovatore Opera, the New York Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Orchestra, and Staten Island Ballet.
Laurine’s education as a conductor included studies in Brazil, Germany and the U.S. under Maestros Herbert Blomstedt, Eleazar de Carvalho, Kurt Masur and David Zinman, and in 1995 she was a medal winner in the Vienna International Conducting Competition.
As a student at The Juilliard School, Ms. Fox was the recipient of the largest possible scholarship for her instrument (trumpet), and was also a teaching assistant under the legendary ear training pedagogue, Mary Anthony Cox. In addition to receiving a M.M. degree from The Juilliard School, Ms. Fox also graduated magna cum laude with a B.M. degree from Michigan State University.