65th Annual BMI Student Composer Award Winner
Lara Poe – Violin Concerto for solo violin and orchestra
Finnish-American composer Lara Poe, currently based in London, has had performances in the US and Europe, with performers such as the JACK quartet, Aija Reke, the Liminka Music Weeks string orchestra, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Piano Seminar students. She is currently studying with Kenneth Hesketh at the Royal College of Music, London, as an RCM Award Holder supported by the Doctor Knobel Fund in the MMus degree program.
Poe received a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University in 2016 where she studied composition with Alex Mincek, Joshua Fineberg, Martin Amlin, Ketty Nez, Richard Cornell, and with Kenneth Hesketh, while studying abroad at the Royal College of Music. Before Boston University, she studied at New England Conservatory Preparatory School with Rodney Lister and Paavo Korpijaakko as well. While pursuing composition, Lara has also studied piano, with Nigel Clayton (RCM), Linda Jiorle-Nagy, Edna Stern, Sergey Schepkin, Kristiina Kask-Valve, Bertica Shulman-Cramer, Melanie Almiron and Vanessa Morris.
Poe is the 2016 American Prize for Composers of Chamber Music, Student Division winner. At Boston University, Poe received the Wainwright and Department of Theory and Composition awards, and became a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society. She has been a finalist for the BMI student composition competition, and has been a finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards twice. She was also a co-winner of the UMass Lowell Chapter, National Music Conference, and has received an Honorable Mention in the Ithaca Women’s Works composition competition as well.
Poe’s current projects include a collaboration with Royal College of Art student Jennifer Haugan, which concerns noise pollution levels throughout the UK. She is also working on a variety of chamber music projects and a couple of solo pieces for colleagues at the RCM.