Dr. Lisa Tahara is a soloist, chamber musician, collaborative pianist and teacher currently living in Toronto, Ontario. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria, she moved to Toronto to begin her graduate studies. After receiving her Masters of Music, Lisa went on to pursue her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree, which she completed in 2015.
Dr. Tahara made her orchestral debut with the Burnaby Symphony Orchestra at the age of fifteen. Since those beginnings, she performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec. As the winner of several concerto competitions, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and also with the University of Victoria Orchestra. In 2013, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Westben Festival Orchestra and the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, she performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra and Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr. Tahara’s talents have also earned her several top prizes in competitions including the Canadian Concerto Competition and the Canadian Music Competition. At the National Canadian Registered Music Teachers Association Competition, Lisa was awarded 2nd place and the Marek Jablonski Prize for the Best Chopin Performance. In 2012, Lisa was awarded 2nd place and the Paul J. Bourret Prize for Best Performance of the Test Piece in the Shean Piano Competition.
As well as performing solo works, Dr. Tahara thoroughly enjoys playing chamber music. In 2012, she participated in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar held in Stanford, California. That same year, she was chosen as one of eight pianists for the internationally renowned collaborative piano internship at the Banff Centre. Her success earned her the opportunity to participate in the internship for the second time in 2014.