HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Laura Sgroi is a young, up-and-coming composer, DJ and pianist in Toronto and holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Toronto. A classically trained musician with a passion for popular and electronic music, Laura’s unique style explores popular music idioms adapted to the sonic and structural complexity of traditional classical ensembles.
Laura also combines contemporary classical orchestral composition with popular and electronic music genres to create a unique personal artistic expression that captivates music lovers of all ages. Her electrically riveting performances feature her own contemporary classical music, DJ turntables, and piano improvisation with and without the presence of electronic media. Her piano/DJ fusion was featured at the Ontario Celebration Zone for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Laura was featured on CBC’s 2015 list of “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”. Her music is part of the Centrediscs album “Spin Cycle” which was nominated for a 2016 Juno award. When she isn’t writing or performing her original music Laura teaches private piano and composition lessons and is on Faculty at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music.
She was most recently awarded and Ontario Arts Council Grant for a new composition for choir and electronics. She was also recently commissioned by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia to compose a new work for orchestra featuring text from Mi’kmaw poet/speaker Rebecca Thomas.
“My music is a unique blend of classical and electronica – two different genres together as one voice. I hope to bring contemporary classical music to a younger and more diverse audience by combining it with popular electronic styles.” –Laura Sgroi