Lara St. John
Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” (The Strad) and as a “high-powered soloist” (The New York Times).
She has performed as a soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver; with the Boston Pops, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Symphony, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, Amsterdam Symphony, Brazilian Symphony, São Paulo Symphony, China Philharmonic, Hong Kong Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Kyoto Symphony; and the orchestras of Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland, among many others.
St. John created her own label, Ancalagon, in 1999 and has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Her Mozart recording with The Knights won her a 2011 Juno Award while her Bach: The Six Sonatas and Partitas was the best-selling double album on iTunes in 2007.
In 2014, St. John’s Schubert album with Berlin Philharmonic harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet, cellist Ludwig Quandt, and soprano Anna Prohaska was chosen as one of the Best CDs of Spring by Der Tagesspiegel. MDR Figaro recommended the album for its “boundless enchantment.” Her 2015 album, Shiksa, had All About Jazz saying, “Music like this is beyond imagination and talent. It exists only in the loosely-held molecules found on the razor’s edge of Creation.”
She performs on the 1779 “Salabue” Guadagnini.