Laura Cocks is a New York based flutist who has worked in a wide array of creative environments as a performer and promoter of contemporary music. Laura is flutist and executive director of TAK ensemble, a founding member of the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans, and a full time member of the Nouveau Classical Project. She has performed across North and Latin America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician in ensembles such as The London Sinfonietta, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and Ensemble Bonne Action in venues that range from Queen Elizabeth Hall in London's Southbank Centre, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and The Guggenheim Museum in New York to artist squats, diners, and highway medians. Laura can be heard with Wet Ink Ensemble on Carrier Records, International Contemporary Ensemble on ECM, and TAK ensemble on New Focus Recordings.
Laura attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where she studied flute with Michel Debost, Kathleen Chastain, Kate Hill, and William Bennett, as well as composition with Paul Patterson. She holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program where she studied with Tara Helen O’Connor. Laura is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she continues to study with O’Connor. Laura teaches at Washington Heights Conservatory and is a faculty mentor at the Harmony Program.
For more information about Laura's projects, please visit TAKensemble.com