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Lara Poe

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Finnish-American composer of contemporary classical music, currently based in London.
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Lara Poe is a Finnish-American composer who is currently based in London. Poe has worked with musicians such as London Symphony Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the JACK quartet, the Semiosis Quartet, Kalle Hakosalo and Duo km2, Duo Cello Jaya, Laura Farré Rozada, Aija Reke, Jonathan Radford, and the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra. Her works have been performed across a wide range of venues, including LSO St. Luke’s, the Dimenna Center in New York, Ozawa Hall and the Linde Center in Tanglewood, Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo, Brahms Saal of the Musikwerein in Vienna, Snape Maltings, and the Sala Thalia in Sibiu, Romania. In 2021 her piece Dialetheia, written for the Flux Quartet, will be premiered at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. This past September, Poe had a piece performed by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra with Dima Slobodeniouk conducting, as part of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra Nursery Garden Initiative. While taking part in this project, Poe received mentoring from Sebastian Fagerlund. Poe received the Patricia Plum Wilde fellowship to study at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2019 and represented Finland at Ung Nordisk Musik 2019 in Piteå. She was also a 2018-2019 participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Scheme, where she worked under the guidance of Colin Matthews and Christian Mason. Earlier engagemnts include participating in ICon Arts’ residency in Transylvania in 2018 with Joshua Fineberg, and taking part in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme with Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews in 2017. ​ Poe has received recognition in several competitions, most recently receiving the Theodore Holland Intercollegiate Composition Prize in 2020. In 2017 she was the first female winner of the William Schuman Prize in the BMI Student Composer Awards, and in 2016 Poe won the American Prize in Chamber Music Composition, Student Division. While studying at Boston University, Poe received both the Wainwright Prize and the Department of Music Theory and Composition Award. She was also inducted into the honor society Phi Kappa Lambda. At the RCM, Poe won the RCM Concerto Competition in 2018 and her orchestral piece Taivaanranta was subsequently performed at the RCM Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, conducted by Martin André. ​ Poe is currently studying for a Ph.D. at King’s College London, under the supervision of Sir George Benjamin and Silvina Milstein. She began her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, studying with Rodney Lister, although she moved to Finland for a few years and studied with Paavo Korpijaakko while there. She then studied with several teachers – Martin Amlin, Richard Cornell, Joshua Fineberg, Alex Mincek, and Ketty Nez, during her undergraduate studies at Boston University. Following her bachelor’s studies, Poe received a master’s degree with distinction from the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Kenneth Hesketh, after which she also pursued an ArtDip at the RCM, studying with Hesketh and Simon Holt.

Musicianship
Genres:
Contemporary classical, Classical, Opera
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Event types:
Concert, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Composer, Producer, Orchestrator, Transcription
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Song list

https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/the-puppy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkVyIbaxsCo
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/contradanse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1PsOaS3KBo
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/the-fermi-paradox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuGKDWoE1hw
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/mirage
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/mirror-rim?in=lara-poe/sets/large-chamber-sinfonietta
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/figment-i-ghostly-chorales-extract
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/figment-ii-scherzo
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/figment-iii-waltz
https://soundcloud.com/user-287356839/revontulet-accordion-and-electronics-lara-poe
https://soundcloud.com/bombshop/la-riviere-et-la-foret
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/kuje
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/chrysalis
https://soundcloud.com/laura-farre-rozada-645128623/lara-poe-ensueno
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/coexistence
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/a-silver-flash
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12RwTKE26gc
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/metamorphosis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOhgEYlub3o
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/04-poe-divergence
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/01-poe-musings
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/soliloquy
https://soundcloud.com/lara-poe/forlane

Reviews

From customers:

Jari M, 1 year ago

There is formidable allure in the translucent textures of Lara Poe’s Kaamos (Polar Night, 2020) as well. (...) A sonic image of the North, on many levels, Kaamos is a veritable discovery.

Alan R, 4 years ago

"[The music]... fit perfectly with the feel of the opera."