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Lara Downes studio Davis, California
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Name:   Lara Downes
Phone:   5309024554
Email:   downeslara@gmail.com
Website:   Click here to go to my website
Facebook:   Click here to go to my Facebook page
Twitter:   Click here to go to my Twitter page
Last Update:    2012-07-02 07:21:49
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Davis CA, Portland OR, New York, NY

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A captivating presence both on and offstage, critically acclaimed Steinway Concert Artist Lara Downes has garnered wide acclaim as one of the most exciting and communicative pianists of today's generation. Lauded by NPR as "a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship" and praised by the Washington Post for her stunning performances "rendered with drama and nuance", Lara presents the piano repertoire - from iconic favorites to newly commissioned works - in new ways that bridge musical tastes, genres and audiences. As she continues to move the solo piano recital in exciting new directions, Lara’s fresh interpretations bring her acclaim as one of the most exciting, communicative young pianists of today's generation. Since making concert debuts at Queen Elizabeth Hall London, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Salle Gaveau Paris, she has won over audiences at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the American Academy Rome, San Francisco Performances, the University of Vermont Lane Series, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the El Paso Pro Musica Festival, and the University of Washington World Series, among many others. Her solo performance projects have received support from prominent organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and American Public Media. Ms. Downes’ chamber music appearances include collaborations with other noted soloists and ensembles, including violinists Rachel Barton Pine and Lara St. John, cellists Zuill Bailey and Denis Brott, the Miami and Alexander String Quartets, and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Commissions and premieres of new works for Lara have come from composers Aaron Jay Kernis, David Sanford, Benny Golson, Eve Beglarian and Dan Coleman, among others. Downes has been heard nationwide on major radio programs, including NPR's Performance Today, WNYC's New Sounds, WFMT’s Impromptu, Texas Public Radio Classical Spotlight and WBGO's Jazz Set. She is featured in a 2 hour documentary produced by WFMT Radio Network, syndicated nationally in 2011. In addition to the excitement Lara brings to the concert stage, her commercial recordings have met with tremendous critical and popular acclaim. Her debut CD, Invitation to the Dance (2000), was called "a magical recording" by NPR, and her second release, American Ballads (2001), was ranked by Amazon.com among the four best recordings of American concert music ever made. Dream of Me (2006), was praised for "exquisite sensitivity" by American Record Guide. Her newest release, 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg (2011) has been called “addicting” by the Huffington Post, and “magnificent and different” by Sequenza 21. Downes' busy performance career is strongly driven by her commitment to expanding and developing new audiences for the arts. She is the Founder and President of the 88 KEYS® Foundation, a non-profit organization that fosters opportunities for music experiences and learning in America's public schools, and she regularly works and performs with the next generation of talented young musicians as Curator of the Young Artists program at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, where she serves as Artist in Residence. WWW.LARADOWNES.COM

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