Recently named the winner of the 2019-2020 Prix Goyer, flutist Lara Deutsch is a versatile soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician with a passion for connecting with audiences. A strong competitor, Lara was a first prize winner of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s 2014 Manulife Competition, at which she was awarded a total of seven prizes, including the Stingray Music Audience Award. Additionally, she was the Grand Prize Winner of both the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition (2014) and the Canadian Music Competition (2010), as well as a laureate of the Concours Prix d’Europe (2016).
Lara is currently based in the Ottawa-Montreal area, where she performs regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (of which she acted as Assistant Principal Flute & Piccolo for the 2016-17 season), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Banff Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestre de la francophonie, among others. She has also had the pleasure of appearing as a soloist with numerous ensembles, notably with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra.
Programmes and projects
Lara Deutsch collaborates with harpist Emily Belvedere to form Duo Kalysta. Together, they offer programs featuring imaginative works inspired by scenes in nature and art. In the fall of 2019, Duo Kalysta’s debut album was released on the Leaf Music label, to be followed by several tours in 2020.
Lara Deutsch has been named Artist in Residence of Allegra Chamber Music for their 2019-2020 season. Allegra is a chamber music serie featuring Montreal musicians since 1980.
Flute & Piano | multiple programmes showcasing Lara's impressive virtuosity and flair
Flute & Guitar | works evoking dances of people and places across the globe
“Deutsch revealed new worlds of colour and meaning in every single note ... an astonishing artist.”
— Scott Tresham, Senior Producer
“Lara Deutsch has extensive knowledge in the realm of performance psychology and has given several informative workshops for the woodwind department at the University of Ottawa School of Music. The way she has integrated high-performance strategies into her own career as a performer is inspiring, and her ideas on the application of sport-based techniques for musicians has had a significant and lasting impact on my students and me..”
— Charles "Chip" Hamann, Principal Oboe, National Arts Centre Orchestra Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa School of Music