Laurie Sokoloff was born into one of Philadelphia’s leading musical families. Both her parents were on the piano faculty of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. At age fourteen, she was accepted into the program at the Curtis Institute, where she studied with William Kincaid, former principal flutiest of the Philadelphia Orchestra. By the time she graduated at age eighteen, she was already the contracted piccoloist with Philadelphia’s two opera companies and the Pennsylvania Ballet. During the years spent in Philadelphia following her graduation, Ms. Sokoloff performed in chamber music recitals with cellist Jay Humestan and pianist Peter Serkin, soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Chaminade Flute Concerto), and played numerous recitals with her father, pianist Vladimir Sokoloff as well as gave chamber music recitals for the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine.
Ms. Sokoloff has been the solo piccoloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1969, featuring concerti by Vivaldi and Liebermann. She has given piccolo master classes at the Peabody Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music and currently teaches flute and piccolo at Peabody. For several years, she was the chairperson of the National Flute Association’s Piccolo Committee and Coordinator of their Piccolo Artist Competition. In the summer of 2000, she premiered a piece written for her by Michael Daugherty at the National Flute Association Convention.