Lara Saldanha


Mannes College, The New School for Music , New York City, New York                                                    May 2018

  • M.M. Piano Performance
  • Principal Teacher: Vladimir Valjarevic

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL                                                                                                               June 2015

  • B.M./B.A. dual degree in Piano Performance/ Economics, GPA 3.85
  • Principal Teacher: Alan Chow

Geneva Conservatory and International School of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland                             June 2011

  • Conservatory certificate of musical studies with honors
  • Bilingual I.B. Diploma with 42 out of 45 points, GPA: 6.88 on a 7-point scale
  • Principal Pre-College Teachers: Serguei Milstein, Inna Terekhov, Neya Korsantia



  • 1st place, Geneva Conservatory Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn Competition, Geneva, Switzerland, 2011·
  • 2nd place and Polonaise Prize, Geneva Conservatory Chopin Competition, Geneva, Switzerland, 2010·
  • 2nd place, Ohio Music Teachers Association Southwest District Buckeye Auditions, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005, 2009 ·
  • 3rd Place, DePauw University Young Artists Piano Competition, 2008·
  • 3rd place, Clifton Music Club Piano Competition, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2008·
  • National Music Certificate Program Highest Score in the State for Levels 5, 9, and 10, in the City for Levels 6 and 7



  • Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, Beijing, China, lessons and master classes with Pavlina Dokovska, Jerome Lowenthal, Gabriel Kwok, August 2012 and August 2015·
  • Musicalta Music Festival and Academy, Rouffach, France, August 2011·
  • Interharmony International Music Festival, Birklehof, Germany, lesson and master classes with Svetlana Gorokhovich and David Northington, July-August 2009 and 2011·
  • Brevard Music Center Institute, Brevard, North Carolina, lessons with Douglas Weeks. July 2010·
  • New York Summer Music Festival, Oneata, New York, lessons and chamber coachings with Peter Miyamoto and Ayako Tsuruta, July 2009



  • Freshman, sophomore, junior and senior recitals at Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015·
  • Two solo recitals at the Bodmer Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland, 2010·
  • Two performances at Place Neuve, Geneva, Switzerland, 2010·
  • Ohio Music Teacher Association Showcase Recital Series at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA,   2004-2005, 2007-2009·
  • Solo recitals in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016·
  • Solo recital in Seattle, Washington, USA, 2016



  • Has a piano studio giving weekly piano lessons in Seattle, Washington 2015- present ·
  • Provided free piano lessons to underprivileged members of the Evanston community, 2011-2012 ·
  • Accompanied five recitals for oboe and voice students at Northwestern and Mather Pavilion, Evanston, 2011-2014·
  • Accompanied juries, lessons, and competitions for violin and voice students at Northwestern, 2011-2014·
  • Performed three collaborative recitals in Seattle, Washington 2016·
  • Performed 3 solo recitals to raise $3,900 for Snehasadan to provide education for street children in India, 2009-2013·
  • Planned and performed in a 3-day Global Music Festival by coordinating student performances at Northwestern, 2013



Procter and Gamble, Seattle, Washington, Costco Account Manager  – Full time employee          06/2014 – 08/2014

  • eCommerce sales for select P&G product categories at Cosco

Procter and Gamble, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Walmart Customer Business Development  – Intern    06/2014 – 08/2014

  • Recommended strategies to increase sales to low-income consumers, drive ecommerce, and develop new product launches in all regions of the world

Singapore Lyric Opera Ltd., Singapore, Summer Intern, Media                                         06/2013 – 07/2013

  • Created and copyedited press releases, educational guides, and content for online and print publicity
  • Recruited for Children’s Choir and Opera Chorus by publicizing and coordinating with schools

Residential Life, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Community Assistant (RA)       09/2012 – 06/2013

  • Advised, mediated conflicts, and problem-solved for 46 residents, freshmen through seniors
  • Responded to emergency health and facilities situations, confronted and reported policy violations

Bienen Student Advisory Board, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Piano/Keyboard Chair   09/2013 -6/2014

  • Advised Bienen School of Music administration on student perspectives

International Student Association, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, President  06/2012 – 06/2015

  • Oversaw organization of 100 people and managed $35,000 in funding
  • Conceived and organized a service trip to Peru with a budget of over $25,000, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to build 5 houses in an earthquake disaster zone

International Office, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Student   Orientation Exec Board      05/2013 – 09/2013

  • Coordinated a 4-day orientation for 250 international students and 150 parents