Education and Background
Laura Manko Sahin has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She was formerly the Principal violist of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, violist of the Boston Harp Trio, and a member of the Bilkent (Ankara, Turkey), Knoxville, Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras. As an advocate for music education at all ages, Laura has been on the string faculties of Bilkent University, Luzerne Music Center, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, New Mexico School of Music, Rivers School Conservatory, Boston School of Music Arts, and the Community Music School - UNC School of the Arts.
Laura recently moved to Mountain View, CA from Albuquerque, NM. She regularly performs with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the Hubbard Quartet. Dr. Sahin completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Music from Bilkent University as a student of Ece Akyol. She earned her Artist Diploma and Master of Music from Boston University as a student and teaching assistant of Michelle LaCourse and Bachelor of Music Degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a student and teaching assistant of Sheila Browne.
As a teacher, I believe in catering my instructional style to fit the needs of the student, rather than making them conform. More specifically, as a violinist/violist I aim to guide my students into finding the right set up and technique to fit their individual bodies. I work with them to cultivate their musical voice through their instrument and project it out to audiences.