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Felipe Lara

CountryUnited States of America
Date of birth23 February 1979
OccupationComposer, Teacher
CategoriesClassical, Contemporary

Felipe Lara was born in the state of São Paulo, Brazil in 1979. His music has been recently performed in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the United States by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Duo Diorama, Ensemble Recherche, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum, and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Lara is currently a PhD candidate at New York University (GSAS) where he studied with Louis Karchin, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Mario Davidovsky. Additional studies in composition, computer-music, and orchestration with Tristan Murail at Columbia University, as well as lessons with Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, Marco Stroppa, Michael Jarrell, Wolfgang Rihm, and Yan Maresz. His second string quartet was the winner of the 2008 Staubach Preis in Darmstadt, Germany after the premier performance by the Arditti Quartet with the live-electronics of the Experimentalstudio SWR Freiburg. Two CDs including performances of Lara's music by the Arditti Quartet, Duo Diorama, and Percorso Ensemble, were released in Brazil in the Fall of 2008. In October 2010 Peter Eötvös will premier of a new orchestral work, commissioned by Donaueschingen Musiktage for their festival, to be performed by the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum. In June 2010 Ensemble Recherche will premier a commissioned work to celebrate the ensemble's 25th anniversary. In April 2011 the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) will premier <"Ó"> for narrators, choirs, chamber orchestra, and electronics, under the baton of Ragnar Bohlin. Lara teaches in the music department (GSAS) at New York University and lives in the New York City area.

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