Lara Hall

Lecturer in Violin

Qualifications: DMA MM FTCL LRSM LMusA(Dist) [Violin] AMusA ATCL [Piano]

School of Arts


About Lara

Lara is Lecturer in Violin and Viola at the Conservatorium of Music and Director of Accelerando, the University of Waikato Junior Music Academy.

Lara has been prominent in the New Zealand music scene from a young age, performing when she was a teenager as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Christchurch Symphony, St Matthews Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and appearing at festivals such as the Adam New Zealand Festival of Chamber Music and the Auckland International Chamber Music Festival.

Lara completed her BMus at the University of Auckland, and during that time spent a summer in the Dorothy Delay studio at the Aspen Summer School.  She went on to gain her Masters and Doctorate in violin performance at the University of Michigan, studying with Paul Kantor and Yehonatan Berick.and taught as a Graduate Student Instructor. At the same time she was also a faculty member for the pre-University programme Young Strings. She performed for some renowned musicians, most notably the virtuoso violinist Ruggiero Ricci, from whom she received high praise.

On completing her studies Lara toured the US in the Phoenix Trio and the chamber music ensemble Camerata Nordica.. She returns periodically to the US to perform, most recently in February 2008.

Lara has led many orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra, Michigan Baroque Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She is currently Concertmaster of the Opus Chamber Orchestra, and also a member of the prominent New Zealand chamber group the New Zealand Chamber Soloists. Lara continues to perform as a concerto soloist. Orchestras she has most recently performed as a soloist with are AK Barok (as a baroque violinist), Opus Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Waitakere Symphony Orchestra, and Tauranga Performing Arts Trust Orchestra. Lara was appointed to her current position at the University of Waikato in 2006.


Violin and viola performance, teaching, and pedagogy; Secondary specialisation; Early Music Performance Practice (baroque and classical violin).

Recent Publications

  • Austin, K., Hall, L., & Tennant, J. (2016). New Zealand Chamber Soloists (UK and Italy Tour) [Katherine Austin (piano), Lara Hall (violin); James Tennant (cello)]. Trafalgar Square, St James' Piccadilly, London; Palazzo Caetani, Fondi; Valdichiana, Italy.

  • Horo, H., Austin, K. A. V., Hall, L., & Tennant, J. (2016). Ahunga for taonga puoro, violin, cello and piano (Taonga Pūoro Welcome Ceremony) [Horomona Horo (taonga pūoro); Katherine Austin (piano); Lara Hall (violin); James Tennant (cello)]. Te Whare Tapere Iti, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Muller, P., Hall, L., & Watkins, S. (2016). Philippe Muller, cello; Lara Hall, violin; Sarah Watkins, piano (Waikato International Cello Festival) - Faure-cello sonata no. 2, Op.117; Ravel-Sonata for violin and cello, M.73 [Philippe Muller (cello); Lara Hall (violin); Sarah Watkins (piano)]. Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Hall, L. (2016). Benda and Pisendel Violin Concerti with NZ Barok: Concerto in F major by Pisendel; concerto in A major L. 2.8 by Benda [Violin]. St Luke's Church, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.

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