Lara Downes

Lara  Downes

Lara Downes

Lara Downes is one of the foremost American pianists of her generation, a chart-topping recording artist, and a powerfully charismatic performer. Dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of live music for diverse audiences, she draws inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory. Ms. Downes’s forays into the broad landscape of American music have yielded a series of acclaimed recordings, including America Again, selected by NPR as one of “10 Albums That Saved 2016,” and her recent Sony Classical debut release, For Lenny, debuted in the Billboard Top 20 and was awarded the 2017 Classical Recording Foundation Award. On Holes in the Sky, released on Sony Masterworks in March of this year, she collaborates with several of today’s leading female artists to celebrate the contributions of women to the past, present, and future of American music. Ms. Downes enjoys creative collaborations with a range of top artists, including folk icon Judy Collins, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, baritone Thomas Hampson, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. She maintains close partnerships with prominent composers spanning genres and generations, with premieres and commissions coming from Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Stephen Schwartz, Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and many others. Lara Downes’s fierce commitment to arts advocacy, mentorship, and education sees her working in support of non-profit organizations including the Time In Children’s Arts Initiative, PLAN International, the Sphinx Organization, Women’s Empowerment, Washington Performing Arts, and NPR’s From The Top, on which she appeared as a featured guest host last month. Ms. Downes is represented worldwide by Cadenza Artists and is a member of the Yamaha Artist Roster.