Lara Downes

Lara Downes Lara Downes is a critically acclaimed concert pianist praised as "a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship" (NPR), and for her "loving attention to mood and color" (The New York Times) and "range of drama and nuance" (The Washington Post). You can follow her musical adventures and exploits at

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Lara Downes - January 13, 2016

The pianist talks about the life of a musician on the road and his connection to Prokofiev.

Lara Downes - November 16, 2015

Leif Ove Andsnes talks about bringing the little-known Sibelius piano music to audiences, and about the rigors of touring.

Lara Downes - September 29, 2015

He radiates joy in music, but is introspective in person. Here’s an interview with a musician who continues to inspire millions.

Lara Downes - June 16, 2015

The pianist, in concert with the S.F. Symphony this week, talks about his own Beethoven projects, courage and risk-taking in performance, sharing music as an educator, and more.

Lara Downes - May 7, 2015

The pianist, who plays SFJAZZ next Tuesday, talks about learning, letting go of his compositions and dividing his time between his many hobbies.

Lara Downes - February 3, 2015

The “formidable” pianist sits down to talk about her music, her advocacy, and her upcoming performances in S.F. with the Rotterdam Philhamonic and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

Lara Downes - January 6, 2015

The great pianist talks about his ambitious San Francisco recital, the anxieties of recording, and making friends in the business.

Lara Downes - November 20, 2014

Yuja Wang’s flying fingers and flamboyance may define her public image, but there’s a powerful musical personality and a surprisingly grounded person within that package, as she reveals here.

Lara Downes - November 4, 2014

Pianist, writer, musical thinker: Jeremy Denk can do it all, and he's great to chat with, too.

Lara Downes - October 19, 2014

How score study and even physical contact with music scores helped Richard Goode enjoy performing more.