Lara Hall

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

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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. A., Tennant, J. E., Hall, L. M., & Scholes, P. (2020). An evening in Budapest with the New Zealand Chamber Soloists [Piano trio (violin, cello, piano); violin-cello duo; violin, clarinet, piano trio]. Recorded for Radio NZ Concert - to be broadcast in the future: Auckland Live. Retrieved from

  • Griffiths-Hughes, R., Hall, L., Griffiths, M., & Tankersley, J. (2018). Affetto Players - Chamber Music [Rachael Griffith-Hughes (harpsichord), Lara Hall (violin), Martin Griffiths (cello) and Jayne Tankersley (soprano)]. The Old Monastery, Newells Rd, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Hall, L., Austin, K., & Tennant, J. (2018). New Zealand Chamber Soloists play Schubert [Lara Hall (violin), Katherine Austin (piano), James Tennant (cello)]. Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Austin, K., Hall, L., & Tennant, J. (2018). New Zealand Chamber Soloists (South Waikato Music Society - Putaruru) - Beethoven Trio in B flat Op 11, Psathas Corybas; Schubert Trio No 2 in E flat [Lara Hall (violin), James Tennant (cello), Katherine Austin (piano)]. The Plaza Theatre, Putaruru, New Zealand.

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