Laura Karpman was a prodigy who began writing music from the age of seven. She grew up composing and performing classical music, studying with legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger. Karpman went on to receive her doctorate at Juilliard under renowned composer Milton Babbitt.
After a decade in New York, during which she enjoyed remarkable success as a composer of concert music - decorated by the American Academy of Arts and Letters amongst others - Karpman was invited to study at the Sundance Film Scoring Workshop.
At Sundance, working with composers David Newman, Dave Grusin, David Raskin and Shirley Walker, Laura discovered the revolution in progress in the world of music based on the new computer technology. Moving to LA shortly thereafter, she established herself within two years.
A Californian native lesbian composer, she has created music for concerts (including the short opera Escape), film and television (including Lover's Knot, A Woman of Independent Means, and The Living Edens), and commercials.
She has received a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and two ASCAP Foundation grants.