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Name: Lara Downes
Skills: Soloist
Phone: +1 415 759 1992
Fax: +1 415 759 6663
Address: 1353 4th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 95616, United States
Links: Website     E-mail
Lara Downes has attracted attention as one of the most exciting and communicative pianists of today's younger generation. She has been cited by critics for her "breathtaking virtuosity" and "penetrating, sensitive accounts of classical and romantic repertoire", and has been hailed as "an artist worthy of placement in the highest rank of classical performers". Since making noteworthy debuts at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Ms. Downes performs extensively throughout Europe and the United States.Her eclectic and engaging programs encompass both the standard repertoire and works by young composers such as Augusta Read Thomas and Stephen Paulus. Her recent projects include a Copland Centennial recital, a recently discovered piano concerto by Clara Schumann, and a four-part recital series entitled "This American Century". She recently made the world premiere recording of "On Gossamer Wings" by legendary jazz composer Benny Golson for the Arkadia/Postcards label.

Ms. Downes' busy solo and chamber career is strongly impacted by her commitment to expanding and developing new audiences for the arts. She dedicates time during her concert tours to elementary school workshops, and has developed a wide network of community outreach through the University of California. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Arts Exchange, a project dedicated to building creative partnerships between the visual and performing arts. In her own words: "I'd like to re-define the concert experience, to give it new relevance in our 21st-century world".

Ms. Downes records for the Postcards label.



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