Lara St. John - NPR Music
Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as "something of a phenomenon" by The Strad and a "high-powered soloist"by the New York Times. She has performed as a soloist with many major orchestras of North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia/New Zealand.
The Los Angeles Times wrote "Lara St. John happens to be a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat."
Lara created her record own label, Ancalagon, in 1999. Of her Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, American Record Guide wrote: "I simply don't know where else you can go to hear Bach played at this level of artistry. Once again she eclipses her competition."
Lara began playing the violin when she was two years old. She made her first appearance as soloist with orchestra at age four, and her European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon when she was 10. She performs on the 1779 "Salabue" Guadagnini thanks to an anonymous donor.