Hailing from Malta, Laura Cioffi has been playing the flute since the age of six. She appears regularly with Scottish Opera Education Department and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
A very avid orchestral musician, Laura has performed with various ensembles like the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, Tinderbox Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra and Flutes Unlimited, having performed all over the UK as well as in Austria and in China. She has had various masterclasses with flautists of international renown, such as Robert Winn, Katherine Bryan and Anna Noakes. Laura is also a very keen chamber musician and is currently working on a duo project Duo Aulos with fellow Maltese flautist, Clara Galea, as well as The Risatina Quintet with fellow Trinity graduates.
Laura had her soloist debut at the age of 19 with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Chaminade’s Concertino in D Major. She also performed Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Piccolo in November 2014 and Doppler’s Rigoletto-Fantasie as part of Duo Aulos in March 2015 with the Napier Chamber Orchestra. Laura has won competitions such as the Woodwind Soloist Prize at the Edinburgh Competition Festival (2015) and the Young Musician Award in Malta for Under 17’s (2008). As a duo capacity, Duo Aulos have also been awarded prizes for the Woodwind Duo and the Open Duo Categories in the Edinburgh Competition Festival. Laura has been recorded playing principal piccolo in a wind ensemble for a Naxos Label Recording. Thanks to her work within the contemporary music circle, Laura has performed a number of world premieres, written specifically for her, including for a Malta International Arts Festival Commission.
Having graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree from Edinburgh Napier University where she studied with Andrea Kuypers, Laura then went on to obtain an MMus degree at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Anna Noakes and Christopher Green. Laura’s studies have been made possible thanks to the generous support of Janatha Stubbs, Ian Tomlin Malta Music Trust, Malta Arts Scholarships Scheme and Malta Arts Fund.