A past winner of the McGill Classical Concerto Competition, hear her perform the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with harpist Emily Belvedere this Thursday, February 27 and Friday , February 28 with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations!
Lara Deutsch is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Orchestral Flute Studies at McGill University under Timothy Hutchins, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in May 2012 under Denis Bluteau. That year, Lara was the recipient of the Astral Artist Prize and also received the Salsinger-Tani Gold Medal for Excellence in Performance for her graduating class. As an orchestral musician, Lara has played with numerous ensembles, including the Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra (of which she is currently co-principal flute), as well as with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Banff Festival Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra and l'Orchestre de la francophonie. A semi-finalist in the 2011 Edition of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Standard Life Competition, she was also the Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Canadian Music Competition and a three-time prize winner at the National Arts Centre Orchestra's Bursary Competition. In 2013, Lara was the winner of both the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition and the McGill Classical Concerto Competition.
An avid solo performer, Lara has appeared in concert halls in Canada, Hungary, Germany and Austria, frequently collaborating with pianists Philip Chiu and Fred Lacroix. Her recent engagements have included recitals sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women and by the National Arts Centre, where she was invited to perform in January 2013 following her participation in the NAC’s 2011 Young Artists Program.
In addition to performing, Lara is active in her musical community, where she works in El Sistema- inspired programs to provide free music education for children in disadvantaged areas. She was among the first volunteers with the Leading Note Foundation’s OrKidstra program as well as with the Montreal Heart of the City Piano Program, of which she was fundraising director from 2009-2012.