Lara Saldanha

2018 Round Top Music Festival

Lara Saldanha
Brooklyn, NY
Mannes School of Music
Indian-American pianist Lara Saldanha has been a prizewinner at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition, 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. Lara made her Indian debut in 2017 with performances at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, the Kala Academy in Goa, and Mazda Hall for the Pune Music Society. She has also performed at the Bohemian National Hall, Opera America, World Trade Center Plaza, Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College, and Stiefel Hall at Mannes School of Music in New York; Northwestern University’s Lutkin Hall in Chicago; the Bodmer Foundation and Place Neuve in Geneva, Switzerland; and Aronoff Center and Art Museum in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Lara has performed in the USA, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, and China and lived in 10 cities across 6 countries.

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

Lara is a passionate about using the power of music for social causes, and to that end has fundraised for the Child’s Play Foundation, an El Sistema program in her ancestral state of Goa, India. 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.