Lara Melda


At the age of sixteen Lara Melda won the BBC Young Musician 2010 competition, performing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2 in the final round, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom she now performs regularly.  
Lara's recital performances have included London, Istanbul and the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. Previous concerto performances have included the Britten Sinfonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Aurora Orchestra.

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BBC Young Musician 2010



Piano Concerto No 1

With the Hertford Symphony Orchestra

"The soloist, Lara Melda, BBC musician of the year in 2010, lived amply up to our expectation. In the first movement she brought poise and authority to music in this grand style...The Romance of the second movement – a title Chopin gave it – showed off Lara’s broad palette of tone and dynamics."

The Hertfordshire Mercury


Young Apollo

Britten Sinfonia/Paul Daniel, Barbican

"...the young pianist Lara Melda rattled off the wrenching toccata-like piano part while Britten's extrovert themes darted dazzlingly around the orchestra." The Guardian, 11 November 2013
"...the young pianist Lara Melda dispatching Britten’s miniature piano concerto, Young Apollo, with a flourish..." 
The Times, 11 November 2013


Recital: 4 March 2012


"Reflets dans l'eau seemed a world apart - here, Lara brought a crystalline clarity to Debussy's images, evoking a sound picture with exquisite precision." Watford Observer, 12 March 2012


Recital: 17 February 2012


"Messiaen's 'Le baiser de l'enfant-Jesus', the highlight of the evening, was performed with an enormous variety of tonal colours, which was spellbinding, and which held the audience rapt from beginning to end."

The Falkirk Herald, 23 February 2012


Piano Concerto

Watford Philharmonic

"In every way, remarkably at the age of 17, Lara appears at ease; though at any age such competence and control come of dedication and hard work. She has faultless classical technique." Ealing Times, 15 November 2011


Piano Concerto

Worthing Symphony Orchestra

"She made a big sound from the start, there was expansive passion in her playing, and intimate confidences. Her middle movement was dreamily tender and her percussive delivery punctuated perfectly the dancing finale." Mid-Sussex Times, 14 November 2011

Recital: May 2011


"...every trill, every sweep up or down the keyboard, was measured and considered, never rushed, never disjointed...Lara really understood the extreme mood Chopin wanted to convey and never let anyone forget it.  Some passages were almost crazy in their complexity and excitement." Phonic FM Exeter, May 2011

Recital: December 2010


"The pianist applied a very soft touch in the initial theme, contrasting it with a grandiose attitude for the chords of the middle section...her cornucopia of levels of temperament was immediately evident. This is indeed a gift difficult to come by at such a young age." Seen and Heard, December 2010


Recital: October 2010


"Her touch throughout the Etude in C sharp minor [Chopin] as light as gossamar in the opening chords...her fingers rippling along the keyboard at lightening pace, every note as crisp and clear as a bell." Newbury Weekly News, 21 October 2010