A performer of “gripping brilliance” and “prodigious energy and skill” (Vancouver Classical Music), hailed as “simply amazing” and “spellbinding” (Rochester Fringe Festival), New York-based violinist Lauren Cauley propels the avant-garde forward with genre-breaking performances that expand the sonic possibilities of her instrument.
Cauley is a member of Ensemble Signal, the [Switch~ Ensemble], and is the former violinist of the Mivos Quartet. As a soloist, she has also worked with numerous composers and artists, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Hans Abrahamsen, Richard Carrick, Chance the Rapper, Michael Gordon, Georg Friedrich Haas, Jónsi & Alex Somers (Sigur Rós), Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), David Lang, George Lewis, Jeffrey Mumford, Steve Reich, Emily Wells, Saul Williams, Together X Tomorrow (투모로우바이투게더), and Julia Wolfe. She has taken part in festivals including the Lincoln Center Festival, Venice Biennale, Acht Brücken, Newport Jazz Festival, Darmstadt, Asphalt Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, ECLAT, Ear We Are, Impuls, June in Buffalo, KLANG, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Winter Jazzfest NYC, among others. She has collaborated for performance premieres at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Prague’s Rudolfinum, and Salzburg’s Mozarteum, and maintains an international career across four continents.
Cauley’s playing has been broadcast on WNYC, ORF Radio Wien, WDR Köln, Radio SRF 2 Kultur, and NBC’s Saturday Night Live. As a collaborator, she can be heard on Albany Records, ATMA Classique, New Focus Recordings, Physical Editions, RGNVintl, and Blue Note labels, and she appeared on two of NPR’s 50 Best Albums of 2018.
As a guest artist and educator, Cauley has given performances and worked with students at universities around the world, including Bard College; Berklee College of Music; Chinese University of Hong Kong; Cornell University; Dartmouth College; Eastman School of Music; Harvard University; Shanghai Conservatory; Universidade Federal do Paraná; University of Alaska, Anchorage; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, San Diego; and Wesleyan University.
Cauley received her B.M. and M.M. in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she served as a teaching assistant to Charles Castleman. While at Eastman, she was awarded a DAAD grant to study at the Bauhaus Universität in Weimar, Germany. After Eastman, she attended the International Ensemble Modern Academy, Klangspuren Schwaz. Cauley teaches privately in Manhattan and is on the faculty at the Chamber Music Center of New York. She plays a Parisian violin made by François Gaviniès in 1734.