Winner, Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions
Pianist Sara Daneshpour’s performances have earned high praise from 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 the passagework and incidents that other pianists treat as routine.” The Baltimore Sun said 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 the performance “…sensational. Strength, finesse, passion; it was all there.”
The winner of many international competition awards, Ms. Daneshpour was named the First Prize winner of the 2012 Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco). She also captured First Prize, Gold Medal, and Audience Award winner at the VI International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, and was the Second Prize winner of the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition. She joined the roster of Astral Artists as a winner of its 2010 National Auditions.
Ms. Daneshpour has performed extensively in her native Washington, D.C., and has appeared in performance in New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland, and internationally in Canada, Japan, Russia, Germany, Finland, Greece, Denmark, and Sweden. She has appeared on the stages of such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and has been broadcast nationwide on 160 public radio stations, including Boston’s venerable WGBH.
Ms. Daneshpour recently gave a recital in Paris’ Musée d’Orsay and returned to Paris for a recital at the Salle Cortot. Other recent engagements include a solo recital in Normandy, France, a solo recital and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra under the auspices of the American Pianists Association, performances with the Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Bucks County Symphony, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 with the Simon Sinfonietta, Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with Maestro Peter Bay at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. She also recently performed for the Vancouver Chopin Society; gave solo recitals on the Steinway Series, at Texas A&M International University, the Chopin Foundation of the United States, and in Cape Cod; and made an appearance in concert at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. She debuted on Astral’s series in the Philadelphia Brahms Festival and has also been featured as concerto soloist on its Rising Stars concert.
Sara Daneshpour is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Leon Fleisher. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky.
Updated: AUGUST 2013