Lara Baker-Finch


Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Alma mater: Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Awards/competitions: 1st place, 2014 Jani Haenke Prize; 1st prize, 2014 Ross Peters 4MBS Chamber Music Prize
Appearances: Utah Festival Opera, 2015; Substitute player in Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane, Australia, 2013–16; Australian Youth Orchestra, 2014
Musical origins: I began playing the violin at age 6 after seeing a Play School episode (an Australian kid’s show) introducing sections of the orchestra.
Favorite obscure piece: Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”, though I’m not sure if you could say it’s obscure
Favorite musical memory: Playing Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in a youth orchestra for the first time. It was so exciting, that’s when I decided to pursue music at university.
Which composer would have had the best social media: Again, probably Janáček, because of his ridiculous infatuation with married women 40 years younger than him. I think he’d have hectic tweets.
Favorite non-classical band: The Cat Empire
Musical guilty pleasure: Eminem, Michael Bublé, and rock and roll from the 50’s
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: At the moment, swimming
Last book read: Herding Hemingway’s Cats by Kat Arney and Aesop’s Fables
Favorite painting: Stained Glass Window by Banksy, as part of the Art in the Streets exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles