Laura Ospina, Cello
Ms. Ospina completed her advanced studies with the polish pedagogue Henryk Zarzycki at the National University of Colombia in 2002. In 1999 Laura won the national competition “Roberto Mantilla” to play as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and after that she has played as soloist with the foremost orchestras in Colombia and has presented recitals in the main concert halls across Colombia.
From 1999 to 2000 Ms. Ospina was Principal Cellist of the Cundinamarca's Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2000 to 2003 she played as Assistant Principal at Bogota's Philharmonic Orchestra and from 2003 to 2008 she served as Principal Cellist at the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. Ms. Ospina has been active teaching. From 2004 to 2008 she served as the Cello professor at the Central University of Bogota and at the University of Andes. Since 2012 Laura is the cello teacher of BSharp Music Program, Fort Worth Country Day since 2015, and Mountain View College since 2016.
Laura has been part of international Festivals as FOSJA (Puerto Rico), International Piano Festival (Colombia), Carlos Prieto Cello Competition (Mexico), Chamber Music Festival (Cuba), Sabaudia Music Festival (Italy), Carpineto Romano (Italy), and National University Cello Festival, (Colombia). In 2009 she was invited as soloist with the Holguin Symphony in Cuba and during 2010 and 2011 she was part of the International Chamber Orchestra in Rome, Italy. In 2013 Laura played as soloist with Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, USA, and Latina Philharmonia in Italy.
Ms. Ospina finished her Master Degree in TCU under the tutelage of Dr. Jesus Castro Balbi. Currently she plays as Principal Cello with Las Colinas Symphony and San Angelo Symphony. Laura lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Italian clarinetist Ivan Petruzziello and their kids Tomas and Olivia.