Canadian-born Lara St. John is a violin soloist and musical maverick. She has owned her own label, Ancalagon, since 1999, on which she has released albums that range from classical to new commissions to folk music and more.
"A high-powered soloist"
-The New York Times
Lara plays a little Vivaldi (the 'cuckoo', from Summer) for a very enthusiastic and excited parrot named Corky in LaCrosse, Wisconsin!
November 2018: Lara did the world premiere of composer Avner Dorman's Nigunim (Violin Concerto # 2) at Maison Symphonique in Montreal, with Orchestre classique de Montréal at the Azrieli Prize Gala.
It was recorded in March 2019 and will be released September 2019, as well as premiered in Poland and the Czech Republic in Fall of 2019.
St. John serves as Wolf Trap’s artistic advisor for chamber music at the Barns, and she made her debut on its stage in 2009 performing works by Bartok, Schoenberg and playing a premiere by Matthew Hindson, which inspired by nuclear testing in the Australian province of Maralinga. She feels the Barns is an amazing place to perform.
"Something of a phenomenon"
- The Strad
"a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone"
- LA Times