Lara Poe is a Finnish-American composer who is currently based in London. She has collaborated with musicians such as the London Symphony Orchestra, JACK quartet, Dal Niente, Sound Icon, Semiosis quartet, Jonathan Radford, Laura Farré Rosada, Kalle Hakosalo and Duo km2, Aija Reke, the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, and Timo Kinnunen, and her works have been performed in venues such as LSO St. Luke’s, the DiMenna Center, Seiji Ozawa Hall and the Linde Center at Tanglewood, Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo, Brahms Saal of the Musikwerein in Vienna, Snape Maltings, and the Sala Thalia in Sibiu, Romania. Poe has also received recognition in several competitions, including the 2017 BMI Student Composer Award William Schuman Prize for the most outstanding score, and the 2016 American Prize in Chamber Music composition, student division.
Poe was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 2019 and represented Finland at Ung Nordisk Musik 2019 in Piteå. She was also a 2018-2019 participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Scheme, where she worked under the guidance of Colin Matthews and Christian Mason. Earlier engagemnts include participating in ICon Arts’ residency in Transylvania in 2018 with Joshua Fineberg, and taking part in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme with Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews in 2017.
Poe is currently studying for an artist diploma at Royal College of Music, where she is working with Kenneth Hesketh and Simon Holt, and in autumn of 2020 she will begin doctoral studies under the guidance of George Benjamin and Silvina Milstein at King’s College London. Previously, she received an Mmus with distinction from RCM, where she studied composition with Kenneth Hesketh and electroacoustic music with Gilbert Nouno. Prior to her studies at the RCM, Poe studied with Martin Amlin, Richard Cornell, Joshua Fineberg, Paavo Korpijaakko, Rodney Lister, Alex Mincek, and Ketty Nez. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, and studied at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School while in grade school. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Poe received the both the Boston University’s Wainwright prize and Department of Music Theory and Composition award in 2016, and was inducted into the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda in April 2016.
Current engagements include a commission for the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, which will be performed on the Sibelius Festival in September 2020, a commission for the Flux Quartet, to be performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in August 2020. Poe is also an Illuminate 2020 Season I composer, and her piece Mainspring for saxophone and piano will be performed in a number of concerts throughout the UK over the course of 2020.