Sara Daneshpour

Winner, Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions

Sara Daneshpour’s performances have earned high praise of audiences and critics alike. The Washington Post wrote of her performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra “…she created transfixing poetry. And she found delightful details in passagework and incidents that other pianists treat as routine.” The Baltimore Sun stated that she “delivered a powerhouse account of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1, producing enough tone for two pianists in the process,” while The Mercury News called her performance “…sensational. Strength, finesse, passion; it was all there.” The winner of many international competition awards, Ms. Daneshpour is a Laureate of the 2014 Seoul International Music Competition and a 2013 Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. She also won First Prize at the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco, 2012), Second Prize at the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, First Prize and the Gold Medal at the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition, and First Prize at the 2003 Beethoven Society of America Competition. She joined the roster of Astral Artists as a winner of its 2010 National Auditions.

Highlights of the 2013-2014 season included recitals on the Smithsonian Steinway Series, at the Landmark Center (Indianapolis), and in Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center; concerto performances with Las Colinas Symphony; and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Korean National Orchestra in the Seoul Arts Center. Other recent performances include appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and at the Britt Festival (Jacksonville, Oregon), Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Bucks County Symphony, Mozart’s Piano Concerto, No. 20 in Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and with Stephen Simon and his Sinfonietta, both in Cape Cod and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Daneshpour has been featured as soloist on the Werner Richard Saal concert series in Munich, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strathmore Hall in Washington, D.C., the Ventura Festival, the Frederic Chopin Society in St. Paul, Minnesota, Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music, and New York’s International Keyboard Institute and Festival. She has given recitals in Normandy, France, and for the Vancouver Chopin Society, the Steinway Series at Texas A&M International University, the Chopin Foundation of the United States, and in Cape Cod. She also recently gave a recital in Paris’ Musée d’Orsay and returned to Paris for a recital at the Salle Cortot. She debuted on Astral’s series in the Philadelphia Brahms Festival and has also been featured as concerto soloist on its Rising Stars concert. She also made her Philadelphia recital debut under Astral’s auspices.

Ms. Daneshpour has performed extensively in her native Washington D.C., as well as in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Russia, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, and Sweden. She has appeared on the stages of such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and at the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She has also been featured nationwide on 160 public radio stations, including the venerable WGBH in Boston.

Ms. Daneshpour is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Leon Fleisher. She earned a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. She has also studied extensively with Dr. Oleg Volkov.

Updated: August 2014