The “maturity” of Indian-American pianist Lara Saldanha’s performances has been described as “hugely impressive” (Navhind Times.) Lara has been a prizewinner at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition, Geneva Conservatory Competitions; Ohio Music Teachers’ Association Buckeye Competition, and DePauw University Young Artist Competition. Lara played her Indian debut in 2017 at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, Kala Academy in Goa, and Mazda Hall for the Pune Music Society.

Lara received her B.M. in Piano Performance and B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University in 2015, studying with Alan Chow. She received her M.M. from the Mannes School of Music in 2018, and is now in Mannes’ Professional Studies Diploma program, studying with Vladimir Valjarević. She has also studied with Serguei Milstein at the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland, Inna Terekhov, and Neya Korsantia.

Lara is a passionate music educator; she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at the New School in 2017 and teaches at Keys to Success NYC.