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.