Sara Daneshpour - pianistSara Daneshpour is a 2013 Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. She is the First Prize winner of the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco, 2012), 2nd prize winner of the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, 1st prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition, and 1st prize of the 2003 Beethoven Society of America Competition. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied under Leon Fleisher. She earned her master’s degree from the Juilliard School, studying under Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, and she has also studied extensively under the direction of Dr. Oleg Volkov.
Ms. Daneshpour has performed in her native Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Russia, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, and Sweden. She has been heard on stages of such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She has also been featured nationwide on 160 public radio stations, including the venerable WGBH in Boston.
Sara Daneshpour’s performances have earned high accolades from audiences and critics alike. The Washington Post wrote of her performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra “...she created transfixing poetry. And she found delightful details in passagework and incidents that other pianists treat as routine." The Baltimore Sun stated that she "delivered a powerhouse account of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1, producing enough tone for two pianists in the process," while the Mercury News called her performance "...sensational. Strength, finesse, passion; it was all there."
In addition, Ms. Daneshpour has been featured as a soloist on prestigious music series, including the Werner Richard Saal concert series in Munich, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strathmore Hall in Washington, D.C., Ventura Festival, the Frédéric Chopin Society in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York.
Sara Daneshpour joined the Astral Artists roster, as a winner of its 2010 National Auditions.