LARA SALDANHA is a 23-year-old Indian-American pianist. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University in June 2015 Magna Cum Laude, studying with Alan Chow. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music at The New School’s Mannes College of Music in New York City, studying with Vladimir Valjarevič. She has also studied with Serguei Milstein at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, Inna Terekhov, and Neya Korsantia.
Lara has been a prize winner at the Geneva Conservatory Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Schumann Competition; Geneva Conservatory Chopin Competition; Ohio Music Teachers’ Association Buckeye Competition; Clifton Piano Competition and DePauw University Young Artist Competition, among others. She has performed in venues such as Northwestern University’s Lutkin Hall; the Bodmer Foundation and Place Neuve in Geneva, Switzerland; and the Art Museum, Aronoff Center and Wyoming Fine Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lara has performed in the USA, Switzerland, France, Germany and China and lived in 10 cities across 6 countries. She also has a growing piano studio in New York City, where she teaches young pianists.
Lara is a passionate about using the power of music for social causes, and to that end has played concerts to raise money for the Snehasadan homes in Mumbai. She also believes in making classical music accessible to all, and enjoys bringing concerts to new audiences—to young people through Groupmuse classical house concerts as well as the elderly through performances in retirement communities.