Laura Manko Sahin

Violist/violinist Laura Manko Sahin has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She made her concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Laura was formerly the Principal violist of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and violist of the Boston Harp Trio. She has been a member of the Knoxville and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras. While living abroad in Ankara, Turkey Laura was the violist of the Bilkent Piano Quartet and Nodus Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as a section violist with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra - Turkey's premiere touring orchestra. 

Previously, Laura was a faculty member of viola and chamber music at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. As an advocate for youth music education, she has been on the string faculties of the Community School of Music and Arts (Mountain View, CA), Boston University Tanglewood Institute, New Mexico School of Music, Rivers School Conservatory, Boston School of Music Arts, and the Community Music School - UNC School of the Arts.

Laura recently relocated to New Jersey. She is a violist with Santa Fe Pro Musica, and founding member of the Hubbard Quartet. During the summers, she is on viola and chamber music faculty at Luzerne Music Center and a resident artist at the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival.

Dr. Sahin completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Music from Bilkent University as a student of Ece Akyol. She earned her Artist Diploma and Master of Music from Boston University as a student and teaching assistant of Michelle LaCourse and Bachelor of Music Degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a student and teaching assistant of Sheila Browne.