Lauren Densinger is the second violinist of the Cezanne Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at Southern Methodist University and recipients of the Peak Scholarship. Before her recent appointment with Cezanne, she was completing a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach. During her time at New World, Lauren was awarded frequent opportunities as a principal player in the orchestra, and has worked with countless renowned conductors and soloists, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vanska, Matthias Pintscher, Joshua Bell, Emmanuel Ax and Anne Sophie-Mutter. She has also worked with mainstream artists such as singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby, and accredited actor, Malcolm McDowell. Lauren was also an active solo performer while at New World, most notably in her second season when she performed the solo violin part of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with Jeannette Sorrell, founder of Cleveland’s early music ensemble, Apollo’s Fire.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Lauren completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance studying with Charles Castleman. During her time at Eastman, she was a frequent concertmaster and principal of the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonia, and Eastman Opera Orchestra. She was also an active participant in the Eastman Collegium ensemble and performed regularly as a baroque violinist at Christ Church of Rochester as a permanent baroque consort member.
Lauren has spent her summers at music festivals such as AIMS Graz, Colorado College Music Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She also served as Assistant Dean at the Castleman Quartet Program for three summers, where she gained experience in the administrative side of music making. Most recently, she attended the Tanglewood Music Center, where she had the privilege of working with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, their orchestra director, Andris Nelsons, as well as performing in and leading numerous high level chamber groups and ensembles.