Kunal Lahiry

Piano, Collaborative Pianist

 

Biography

Indian-American pianist Kunal Lahiry is a current BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of the 2021 Carl Bechstein Foundation scholarship. Recent performance highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Pierre Boulez Saal, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Room, Musée d’Orsay, Ludwigsburg Festival, Life Victoria de Los Angeles Festival, and at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. He has been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Icelandic National Public Radio RÁS1, Austrian Radio Ö1, and RBB Kultur, and was featured on ARTE’s ‘Hope@Home’ and ‘Europe@Home’ series hosted by violinist Daniel Hope. This season includes appearances at Stoller Hall, Bristol St. George’s, Aldeburgh Festival, Opera Holland Park, Cheltenham Music Festival, Harpa Concert Hall, Schubertíada Comillas, Hugo Wolf Academy, Heidelberg Neulied Festival, Philharmonie de Paris.

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Reviews

“Kunal Lahiry played with unparalleled professionalism. His playing was elegant and purposeful, the tones so meaningful and otherworldly as to be admirable.” 

 

Jónas Sen

Fréttablaðið, 2022

“Lahiry makes an immediate impact …perfectly displayed his personal dramatic flair and first-class technique.”

 

Rick Perdian

Carnegie Hall Weill Music Room, 2019

“[Marielou Jacquard] trouve toute la justesse dans Les histoires naturelles de Ravel délectable avec le piano sensible de Kunal Lahiry.”

“[Marielou Jacquard] finds all the accuracy in Ravel’s Natural Stories delectable with Kunal Lahiry’s sensitive piano.”

Hughe Rameau-Crays

Festival de Royaumont, 2019

“Am Flügel begleitet [Changbo Wang] der Rieger-Schüler Kunal Lahiry. Auch in den folgenden Liedern ist er dem Bariton ein einfühlsamer, anspornender und differenziert mitgestaltender Partner. Er hat Riegers Anspruch, das Lied sei ein Spiegelbild der menschlichen Seele, zur Richtschnur seines Tastenspiels gemacht.”

“At the piano was Kunal Lahiry, a student of Rieger. In the subsequent songs he was a sensitive, encouraging yet also differentiated co-creative partner for the baritone. He has made Rieger’s claim that song is a reflection of the human soul the guiding principle of his keyboard playing.”

Peter Buske

Frankfurt, 2017

“For me, the highlight was Reuben Walker’s Eisler …as was the outstanding pianism of Kunal Lahiry.”

Mark Berry

Berlin, 2017

“Kunal Lahiry gave a very mature performance of Chopin’s piano sonata No 2 evoking the sombre bleakness of the funeral march and also the sparkling virtuosity of the presto finale.”

L’Oasis Musicale, Montreal, 2013

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