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Lara Poe
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    Musings (2016)
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    Forlane (Ravel, orchestrated by Lara Poe)
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    Blue Ice
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    Over the Fells
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    A Walk in the Woods
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    Waltz in D major
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    Serenade for Strings in G major
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    Hope and Despair- 2003

Lara Poe's Discussions

New Wind Ensemble piece!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lara Poe Feb 26, 2018. 11 Replies

Here's something that I wrote recently, and it was performed at the RCM in the main concert hall.  It's for 16 players: 2 flutes + piccolo (separate, not doubling), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons,…Continue

Mirror Rim

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lara Poe Dec 29, 2017. 15 Replies

Something I wrote this summer– it's a piece for 16 instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, harp, piano, 2 percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass).  Hope you…Continue

Violin concerto

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Laine Feb 14, 2017. 28 Replies

Hi, hope you are all well! I know it's been a while since I've posted anything– just been busy here.  Seems there's a lot of fugues going around too :)Anyway, I'm now finished with this concerto and…Continue

A couple of fugues

Started this discussion. Last reply by H. S. Teoh Sep 2, 2016. 3 Replies

Since people have been posting fugues, I figured I'd post mine– here's two!  Recordings are in the comments.  Continue


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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Contemporary classical/Classical
Is music your main income source?
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About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Lara Poe is a Finnish-American composer who is currently based in London. She has collaborated with musicians such as the JACK quartet, Dal Niente, Sound Icon, Semiosis quartet, Jonathan Radford, Laura Farré Rosada, Aija Reke, and Timo Kinnunen, and her works have been performed in the US, as well as the UK, Finland, Latvia, Germany, and Taiwan. She has received recognition in several competitions. In 2017, Poe received the BMI Student Composer Award William Schuman Prize for the most outstanding score, and was the winner of the 2016 American Prize in Chamber Music composition, student division. Poe was also a participant in the 2017 Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and her piece Mirror Rim will be performed at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival.
Poe is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, as an RCM scholar supported by the RCM, with Kenneth Hesketh as her principal composition professor. She has also studied 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.

Poe's current projects include Sonifying Noise Pollution, which is a collaboration with Royal College of Art graduate Jennifer Haugan. This project is an interactive, multimedia examination of noise pollution levels throughout the UK. Poe and Haugan presented Sonifying Noise Pollution at the 2017 IRCAM forums in April 2017, and are working to include more data points and more interactive features. Poe is also working with violinist Aija Reke, who is currently learning her violin concerto, and Poe is also working on a variety of both large-scale and smaller scale projects involving colleagues at the RCM.

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At 1:15pm on July 20, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings Lara,

I like Farewell. It has some nice changes in it. Thanks for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 2:45am on June 17, 2012, Tarek B.Moon said…

nice music ... u have a heavenly taste in music ... loved it :D 

At 12:06am on May 6, 2012, Dankk said…

I'm glad i know you.

At 9:21pm on April 17, 2012, Tyler Hughes said…

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