A native of Massachusetts, Laura Sousa Wagner began playing the violin at the age of five. After completing the Suzuki method, she went on to train at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, studying in the private studios of Fudeko Takahashi and Kelly Barr. While at NEC, she was a member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She has toured extensively across the United States, Europe and South America with various orchestras, and has performed in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Brazil, Venezuela, and Canada. While on tour in Venezuela, she collaborated with El Sistema under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.
Mrs. Sousa Wagner has been the winner of several competitions, including the Vassar College Soloist Competition in both 2006 and 2008, and she was the Massachusetts winner of the VSA Arts International Soloist Competition in 2008. She served as concertmaster of the Rhode Island All-State Orchestra from 2003 to 2006, and of the Vassar College Orchestra and the Vassar College Camerata from 2006 to 2010.
In addition to classical music, Mrs. Sousa Wagner also enjoys fiddling and playing folk music, studying with Myra MacLeod and participating in several workshops in and around Worcester.
Mrs. Sousa Wagner earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Vassar College in 2010.