Ground-breaking flutist Zara Lawler, “an engaging, fluent, mellifluous soloist,” (Houston Chronicle) made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony and her recital debut at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. A recognized leader in the emerging field of interdisciplinary performance, Lawler has collaborated with choreographers, composers and stage directors to create new and adventurous concert experiences.Highlights of the 2015 season include Philoctetes at Intersections performances in Athens, Greece and Manhattan; performances at the Metropolitan Museum Balcony Bar; travelling with marimbist Paul Fadoul to British Columbia, Canada to present a showcase at Pacific Contact; and conducting a Flute Jamboree at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington DC.
Lawler’s interdisciplinary performances, in which she plays, dances and acts, have been created in collaboration with choreographer C. Neil Parsons, stage director Gary Race, and composers Randall Woolf, Jerome Kitzke, and Alla Borzova among others. For many years, Lawler was the flutist and Co-Artistic Director of Tales & Scales, the innovative ensemble for children and family audiences. With T&S, she performed and co-created seven full-length works that integrated contemporary classical music with dance and theater, an experience described by New Music Connoisseur as “an enthrallingly visual and acoustic joy.” Lawler performed with T&S in some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, TriBeca Performing Arts Center, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center and with the Atlanta, Utah, Indianapolis, and Oregon Symphonies, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Lawler has given solo recitals in New York, Santa Barbara, Hong Kong, and throughout the mid-west, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Lawler spent two summers at the Marlboro School of Music, and has been a guest artist with eighth blackbird. Her critically acclaimed duo with marimbist Paul J. Fadoul (Lawler & Fadoul) is frequently heard in Washington, DC and New York City, and last year was in residence at Yellow Barn in Vermont.
An experienced and creative educator, Lawler has taught workshops on interdisciplinary performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Rutgers University, as well as at the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention. She and duo partner Paul J. Fadoul are an In-School Ensemble for the National Symphony Orchestra, and her blog, The Practice Notebook, addresses principles and techniques of good music practice.
Lawler has won many competitions including the Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition, Artists’ International, and the New York Flute Club. She earned her Masters degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Carol Wincenc and Sam Baron. Lawler has performed at many summer festivals including Tanglewood, Banff Festival of the Arts (Canada), Bach Aria Festival and Institute, and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany).