Lara Hall

Dr Lara Hall is the current concert master of the Opus Chamber Orchestra.  A well established concerto soloist, she has performed with numerous orchestras in New Zealand and the United States of America as well as chamber music and baroque ensembles in both countries.  In 2006, she was appointed to oversee violin and viola studies at the University of Waikato, a position she still holds along with the directorship of the Accelerando, the junior music academy programme in the department of music.

A child prodigy, Dr Hall began the violin at age three and gave her first concert at age five, television appearance at age seven and orchestra concerto recital at the age of nine.

In her early years she performed as a soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and St Matthews Chamber Orchestra.  She also appeared in the prestigious Adam New Zealand Festival of Chamber Music and the Auckland International Chamber Music Festival as well as a solo recitalist across New Zealand.  During her undergraduate studies, Dr Hall attended summer school at the prestigious Dorothy Delay Studio in Aspen and later completed her master’s and doctoral studies on scholarship at the University of Michigan studying with master violinists, Paul Kantor and Yehonatan Berick.  A faculty member at the University of Michigan, she worked with the pre-University programme, Young Strings and performed for such notables as Ruggiero Ricci from whom she received high praise.

Dr Hall later toured the United States of America as a member of the Phoenix Trio and with the chamber music ensemble, Camerata Nordica.  She has led such notable orchestras as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Michigan Baroque Orchestra and Auckland Chamber Orchestra and is concert master of the Opus Chamber Orchestra, based in the Waikato Region of New Zealand.  She returns periodically to the USA to perform and continues to perform across New Zealand with the NZCS and as a concerto soloist.  Most recent solo performances include the AK Barok on baroque violin, the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Tauranga Performing Arts Trust Orchestra and the Waitakere Symphony Orchestra.