About Lara Deutsch
Named one of 2020’s “Rising Stars” by BBC Music Magazine, flutist Lara Deutsch is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player known for her engaging warmth and ability to connect with audiences. Recipient of the $125,000 Prix Goyer for 2019-2020, Lara was also a first prize winner of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s 2014 Manulife Competition, at which she was awarded a total of seven prizes.
An avid chamber musician, Lara’s recent performance highlights include recitals for the National Arts Centre (NAC) & Facebook’s #CanadaPerforms initiative, CBC Radio’s CBC/McGill Series, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Virée Classique, Ottawa’s Music & Beyond Festival, and the Allegra Chamber Music series, of which she was Artist-in-Residence for the 2019-2020 season. In September 2019, her flute and harp duo, Duo Kalysta' released their debut album, Origins, on the Leaf Music label and was named one of the Favourite 20 Canadian Classical Albums of 2019 by CBC Music.
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.
Trio Kalysta was born in 2019 from a fruitful collaboration between Duo Kalysta — flutist Lara Deutsch and harpist Emily Belvedere — and Juno-nominated violist, Marina Thibeault, on the duo's debut album, "Origins." Recognised both for their "polish" and their "mad skills" (Robert Rowat, CBC Music), the trio champions the lesser-known but incredibly colourful repertoire written for its rich instrumentation, highlighting works by female and Canadian composers whenever possible. Upcoming engagements include performances for the Regina Musical Club and the Haliburton Concert Series.
Flute & Guitar
Lara Deutsch collaborates with the guitarist Adam Cicchillitti on Wanderlust, a programme evoking musical portraits of 20th-century life around the world. This programme conjures images of natural landscapes, historical events, and folklore across the continents..
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
“Hear [the Duo Kalysta] if you can, either in concert or this way.”
(about the recording Origins)
LA SCENA MUSICALE
“Deutsch, a player who can soften or strengthen her handsome tone according to need, is very much in the first chair.”
— Arthur Kaptainis
“Deutsch revealed new worlds of colour and meaning in every single note ... an astonishing artist.”
— Scott Tresham, Senior Producer
Flute & Piano
Lara Deutsch collaborates with the pianist Philip Chiu to offer a variety of recital programmes ranging from the romantic repertoire of Schumann and Schubert to the new repertoire of Takashi Yoshimatsu.
Mental Skills Workshop
Like athletes who spend a lifetime training for an Olympic race, musicians spend years practicing for auditions which sometimes last only minutes. However, most of us focus completely on musical preparation for these opportunities, even though the ability to perform at our best in high-stakes situations is largely a result of mental strength. In this 60-minute presentation, Lara Deutsch shares how she has learned to optimize her performance through her work with renowned Olympic mental coach, Jean-François Ménard.
Allegra Chamber Music
Artist in Residence
Lara Deutsch has been named Artist in Residence of Allegra Chamber Music for their 2019-2020 season. Allegra is a chamber music series featuring Montreal musicians since 1980.