laura bates

Instruments: Violin, viola and beginner cello, theory, piano, beginner mandolin, voice, and music business teacher.

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Fiddle (Celtic, Bluegrass), Rock/Pop (Electric Violin) and everything in between.

Laura C. Bates is a Canadian violinist, songwriter, vocalist, educator and performer. Born in Stratford, Ontario but now based out of Toronto, she has been playing the violin for over 20 years. Laura has developed a strong reputation for her technical musicianship and creative versatility.

Laura is the first violinist to receive a Bachelor of Jazz in Canada, graduating from Humber College’s renowned Jazz & Contemporary Music program in 2011. She is one of the first Canadians

certified by Mark O’Connor to teach his revolutionary new violin method which combines Americana traditions with classical technique. Additional accolades include: approval to teach the internationally acclaimed Suzuki Violin method by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music graduate.

Laura implements a highly specialized approach to pedagogy. She creates customized lesson plans that cater to the individual needs and passions of students of all ages and abilities.

Fun Facts:

  • At the age of 7 Laura toured as a child actress performing in Shakespeare’s Macbeth assuming the role of the first witch, who just so happened to play the violin.

  • In spite of her small stature she starred as the upright bass player in her high school band. Unfortunately, no one ever saw her so her claim can not be verified.

You can visit to find out more about Laura’s career and a performer and as a recording artist.