Felipe Lara was born in the state of São Paulo, Brazil in 1979. His music has been recently described as "a gifted Brazilian-American modernist" and "Brilliant" by the New York Times. His works have
been recently performed in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxemburg, Switzerland, and the United States by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Camerata Aberta, Duo Diorama, Ensemble Recherche, Ex Novo Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, London Sinfonietta, MIVOS Quartet, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum (Peter Eötvös), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. His work has been presented at Acanthes (France), Aldeburgh (Ars Musica (Belgium), Darmstadt (Germany), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Europalia (Belgium), Festival for Contemporary Music (Tanglewood), Festival Música Nova (São Paulo), Luxembourg Philharmonie, Sala Cecília Meireles (Rio De Janeiro), Teatro Amazonas (Manaus, Brazil) and Teatro La Fenice (Venice). His second string quartet Tran(slate) was the winner of the 2008 Staubach Preis in Darmstadt, 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. Current projects include commissions by São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Choir (OSESP), Ensemble Recherche (Germany), and the Fromm Foundation (Harvard University). Lara is currently working on commissions from the Brentano Quartet, Claire Chase, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. In April 2013 Lara will be a resident composer as part of the Young Composers Academy at the Heidelberger Frühling 2013, International Music Festival, in Germany. Lara will give a lecture about his works and musicians of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ensemble Modern will perform five of his recent chamber works. Lara is a Ph.D. 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, Chaya Czernowin, Helmut Lachenmann, Marco Stroppa, Michael Jarrell, Wolfgang Rihm, and Yan Maresz. Lara teaches at New York University and lives in the New York City area.
For more information, please go to www.felipelara.com