Lara Melda

Biography

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 Vasily Petrenko and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff. The competition had an international following via television and radio broadcasts on the BBC.  Since then she has also performed Mozart Concerto K466 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  
 Recital performances this season will include her debut at Birmingham Town Hall, following on from recent recitals at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Istanbul and several venues in the UK. Lara made her debut performing at the Barbican in London and also with the Britten Sinfonia, in a performance of Britten’s Young Apollo.  Previous concerto performances have included Rachmaninov with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Kirill Karabits (The Sage), Mozart with the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon (Kings Place), the Grieg Concerto with English Sinfonia (St John’s Smith Square) and Beethoven 3 with the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand. She has played recitals at Les Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad (Switzerland), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (Germany) and the Wigmore Hall. 

Lara Melda performs regularly in Turkey and made her debut at the International Music Festival in Istanbul in June 2011, playing the Grieg Concerto with the Borusan Philharmonic. She has also been presented by the 'Istanbul Recitals' piano series and performed at the Antalya Piano Festival and Bogazici University.  In 2012 she received the prestigious 'Promising Young Artist' award from Kadir Has University.

Lara is a student at the Royal College of Music where she is a Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Scholar supported by a Musicians' Company Lambert Studentship. She began piano lessons with Emily Jeffrey at the age of six and currently studies with Ian Jones. Lara is also an accomplished viola player and enjoys playing chamber music on both piano and viola. In 2009 she was a finalist in the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar, Germany.

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BBC Young Musician 2010

Press

CHOPIN

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

BRITTEN

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

Debussy

Recital: 4 March 2012

Watford

"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

Messiaen

Recital: 17 February 2012

Falkirk

"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

Grieg

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

Grieg

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

Exeter

"...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

Istanbul

"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

Chopin

Recital: October 2010

Newbury

"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