Pianist Lara Downes performs works by Foss, Corigliano, Felsenfeld and Bernstein (selections from her recent Sony release “For Lenny”), and Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue.
Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, an iconoclast dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of American music for diverse audiences. A trailblazer on and off-stage, she follows a musical roadmap that seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory.
Her chart-topping release America Again was included in NPR’s “10 Albums that saved 2016” and called “a balm for a country riven by disunion” by the Boston Globe. Downes’ creative catalysts are the musicians that inspire her—from Leonard Bernstein to Nina Simone—as her work explores the breadth and diversity of American history through our music. Downes’ newest release and Sony Music debut album FOR LENNY is an intimate centennial tribute to Leonard Bernstein and his American legacy. The album was awarded the 2017 Classical Recording Foundation Award and debuted in the Billboard Top 20.
Lara Downes is a Yamaha Artist.