Biography

Dr. Lisa Tahara is a soloist, chamber musician, collaborative pianist, teacher, and adjudicator. 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.

Since making her orchestral debut with the Burnaby Symphony Orchestra at fifteen, Lisa has performed with numerous orchestras across Canada, such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. Further, as the winner of several concerto competitions, she has performed Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and also with the University of Victoria Orchestra. In 2013, Lisa performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with both the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and the Westben Festival Orchestra. Most recently, she performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra.

Over the years, Lisa has won numerous prizes in festivals and competitions at the local, provincial and national level, including the Canadian Registered Music Teachers’ Association Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and the Shean Piano Competition.

In addition to performing solo works, Lisa thoroughly enjoys playing chamber music and was a founding member of the Amarok Ensemble with Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh and Bryan Holt. After their 2014 debut at Integral House, the Amarok Ensemble attended the 2015 St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar in Stanford, California where they were featured in the International Showcase. In 2016, they performed a number of concerts at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.