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Cellist Laura Metcalf, renowned worldwide as a passionate solo and chamber musician, has been acclaimed for her “brilliant” playing (Gramophone Magazine) and described as “a cellist whose passion for music is as evident as her artistry and talent” (I care if you listen). She has performed throughout the US and on six continents, including South Africa, Nepal, Argentina, Qatar, Mongolia, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, and Australia. Laura’s debut solo album on the Grammy-winning label Sono Luminus, reached #7 on the Billboard Charts, and was called “a way forward for classical music” by AllMusic. As a sought-after chamber musician and collaborator, Laura is drawn to projects that push boundaries and expand the definition of classical chamber music. Laura is the cellist of groundbreaking string quintet Sybarite5, which was the first-ever string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild competition, reached #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts, and has toured extensively for over a decade, performing in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, and countless other major venues. Boyd Meets Girl, her duo with her husband, classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, also tours extensively worldwide and has had their music streamed over a million times on Spotify alone. Laura also performs regularly with the popular cello-percussion quartet Break of Reality, selected tor an ongoing world tour as musical ambassadors of the US State Department. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Laura became the founding cellist of The Overlook, a string quartet dedicated to amplifying music by Black composers. Laura is also a concert curator and artistic director, having founded the weekly Sunday morning concert series GatherNYC, as well as Music at MAD at the Museum of Arts and Design. She has appeared onstage with artists including Adele, John Legend, Cher, Shawn Mendes and Nas. Laura lives in New York City with her husband and young son Milo. .