Historical Performance; Women Composers; Ibero-American Music; Early Opera and Oratorio
M.M., Indiana University
Graduate Diploma, Longy School of Music
B.A., College of Saint Scholastica
"Praised as “a first-rate instrumentalist” (Boston Globe), Venezuelan viola da gambist and music scholar Laury Gutiérrez specializes in music by women composers and early music from Ibero-America. She holds degrees in Historical Performance from Indiana University, Longy School of Music, and the College of Saint Scholastica, and has received fellowships and scholarships from these institutions as well as Boston University. She is the founding director of La Donna Musicale, a non-profit organization that promotes, performs, and preserves music by women composers. Their four groundbreaking CDs, featuring works of Antonia Bembo, Anna Bon, and others, have received national and international critical acclaim. The Bon CD, La virtusosa di Venezia, was the winner of the 2011 Arts and Media Project Award from The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Ms. Gutiérrez received the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, Venezuela’s most prestigious scholarship award for study abroad, among other top awards and recognitions. She is also recipient of the rarely awarded National Interest Waiver, granted by the U.S. government to noncitizens “who because of their exceptional ability... will substantially benefit the national economy, cultural, or educational interests or welfare of the United States.” Ms. Gutiérrez was a 2009 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
To unearth, perform, and record the best compositions by 17th and 18th century women composers, especially those of Jewish origin and those who used the Old Testament as texts for their music. I hope to enhance the appreciation of the scale, extent, and beauty of these works and to preserve them with concerts, recordings and transcriptions of the music from old notation.
Gutiérrez, Laury. “Anna Bon: La virtuosa di Venezia,” La Donna Musicale, 2010.
Gutiérrez, Laury. “The Pleasures of Love and Libation: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian women,” La Donna Musicale, 2007.