Lauren Peacock


Hometown: Libertyville, IL

Alma maters: University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin

Photos by Matt Dine and David Nagy


Appearances: Crested Butte Music Festival, 2018; Colorado College Summer Music Festival, 2013–14; Aspen Music Festival, 2012; Chautauqua Music Festival, 2010

What is your earliest memory of classical music? There are many earlier ones, but one significant early memory is watching Yo-Yo Ma play with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia when I was in elementary school. He played Rococo Variations, and it was the first time a live concert inspired me to want to become a cellist.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? There was not a specific moment, but it always felt right because it was something I loved and worked harder at than any other subject I studied in school.

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply? I was inspired to audition for TŌN because of the focus on orchestral playing, the many performance opportunities, and the educational aspect of learning how to connect with modern audiences.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Janine Jansen. If I could play cello like she plays violin . . . that would be amazing!

Which composer do you feel you connect with the most? Johannes Brahms

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Impossible to just pick one piece!

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? I wish I had spent more time improvising and creating music growing up, but also . . . more scales.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? I would love to be a singer and be able to carry my instrument around with me.