from the PRESS

“Salvatore Sciarrino, a self-taught Italian composer who ranks among the world’s foremost avant-gardists, has an affinity for the flute…Given the striking effects Mr. Sciarrino extracts from a single flute, it stands to reason that he might create marvels with 104 of them: ample incentive to mount his “Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni” (“Cutting the Circle of Sounds”), a 1997 work that also exploits his knack for aural theater. On Tuesday evening Zara Lawler, a flutist and multidisciplinary artist, coordinated the work’s United States premiere in the Guggenheim Museum rotunda.

Ms. Lawler was especially qualified for the unlikely undertaking. As a member of Tales & Scales, an ensemble that caters to younger audiences, she helped to create pieces that combined elements of modern music, dance and theater. In 2011 Ms. Lawler organized performances of her “E Pluribus Flutum,” a folksy suite for up to 100 dancing flutists, in Central Park for Make Music New York, and at the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, N.C……I was far from alone in finding it fascinating and engaging.”

New York Times, November 21, 2012

“Lawler’s flawless playing, particularly her colors, sound effects and snappy rhythms, was the high point of the evening.”
Washington Post

“Lawler was an engaging, fluent, mellifluous soloist.”
— Houston Chronicle

Read Zara Lawler:  Flutist on a Quest for Connection, in The Juilliard Journal here

The waning concert season was given a powerful boost by the New York recital debut of flutist Zara Lawler…a splendid flutist, with a virtuoso’s effortless, brilliant fluency and breath-control, … Ms. Lawler played [Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy] to the hilt with stunning virtuosity, charm and humor, bringing the house down.”
— New York Concert Review

“Her performance of the Chaminade Concertino’s brilliant runs and thrilling trills brought the audience to its feet for a standing ovation.”
— Rockland Journal-News

“It’s the bomb.”
Phoenix Flute Examiner, on Lawler’s blog, The Practice Notebook


“Zara Lawler is consistently one of our top performing and best received musicians. Our patrons anticipate her concerts as an “event” not to be missed. Audiences respond to her dynamic and spontaneous personality and are inevitably riveted by her masterful and virtuosic performances.  Ms. Lawler meticulously crafts her programs, designing them with wit, humor, intelligence, and flair… Ms. Lawler’s artistry has a seemingly effortless grace that has captivated our audiences. I recommend her fully and without reservation.”
— Yashar Yaslowitz, Artistic Director, Carnegie Room Concerts, Nyack, NY

photo by Nino Cocchiarella

“Lawler maintains the highest standards of flute playing while executing what seems like an impossible physical routine. It draws people into the music in a ground-breaking way, adding integrated visual elements to sound, and combining to create a listening/viewing experience that appeals to the mainstream and sophisticate alike.  I would recommend Zara for any range of performances and classes without hesitation.”
Thomas Robertello, Associate Professor of Flute, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

“Thank you for the amazing class yesterday–I’ve never seen my students having that much fun!  And I was impressed to see how beautiful and creative your ideas were–and simple enough that they were approachable even for the ones who were feeling hesitant.”
Kaoru Hinata, Flute Faculty, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

“Thanks for a remarkable and musical performance. Our students enjoyed the dancing and echo clapping. The students were glad to be invited up to participate in the performance. This was an enjoyable concert/music lesson because the students where able to participate and perform. Just marvelous! hope you can return again.”
—Michael Taylor, Music Teacher, J.O. Wilson Elementary School, Washington, DC (after a performance from Lawler & Fadoul)

Note:  for complete letters of recommendation, contact Lawler directly (

from the AUDIENCE

“It sounds like goosebumps.”
— A kindergarten student hearing flutter-tonguing on the alto flute

“No matter what you did with your body, your flute sound didn’t change.  It was amazing.”
— Audience member for The Flute on its Feet

“It was a delight to behold.”
— Audience member for The Flute on its Feet

The following pieces were inspired by Lawler’s March 2009 recital at the Carnegie Room Concerts Series:

1. Bizet’s Carmen

Sounding waves of elation and fire
A rapture, a questing desire
Seduction and passion’s plea
Longing now and in reverie.

by: Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate, Soiree Society of the Arts

2. A “Cracked” History of the Flute (pdf)

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