The young American Kunal Lahiry is currently on the way to becoming one of the most promising and sought after pianists. Lahiry made his orchestral debut at the age of 17 with the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra as the first prize winner of the Kiwanis Society scholarship, and since has won top prizes at several international competitions including the Atlanta Music Club, New Orleans Piano Institute, Brevard Music Center Piano Competition, Concours “Les Saisons de la Voix”, and the XXVI Concours de Flame in Paris. Lahiry is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Artist, Center for Musical Excellence (CME) Young Artist, ENOA Artist, Leeds Lieder Young Artist, and Samling Young Artist. Recently, he was selected for Renée Fleming’s inaugural SongStudio program for collaborative pianists and singers at Carnegie Hall, and was awarded the 2019 Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize at the Oxenfoord International Summer School directed by Malcolm Martineau. He has been invited to perform in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Graham Johnson, Sir Thomas Allen, Malcolm Martineau, Murray Perahia, André Laplante, Hartmut Höll, Helmut Deutsch, Brian Zeger, and Anne le Bozec.
Kunal Lahiry's special affinity towards song interpretation has led to concerts at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Académie Musicale de Villecroze, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Room, Britten Studio, l’Église de Noisay, "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach" Konzerthalle (Frankfurt am Oder), Teatr Wielki, Salon Razumovsky, l’Église Américaine de Paris, Musée des Archives Nationales, Musée d’Orsay, Royaumont Abbey, Stift Altenburg, Schloss Kirchberg an der Jagst, Konzerthaus ‘Neue Welt’ (Zwickau), the Mendelssohn Remise, and in the Lunchkonzert series of the Berliner Philharmonie. In 2019, he will perform at such venues as La Monnaie, Petit Palais, Leipziger Oper, and Wigmore Hall. Regarded as a “sensitive and inspiring” collaborator, he was featured in Clemens Goldberg's lecture-performance series ‘Slow Listening’, on the radio program ‘Kulturradio RBB’ in Berlin, and has appeared several times in concert for the Daniel Barenboim Excellence Foundation. In 2018, Lahiry, along with mezzo-soprano Marielou Jacquard, was selected as one of four duos for the first academy of melody and lieder at the Royaumont Abbey and Musée D’Orsay, a year-long residency culminating in a live album recording with B Records. His former teachers include Walter Hautzig, Alan Chow, Kyoko Hashimoto, and Fabio Bidini. Currently, Lahiry is finishing his Master’s in song accompaniment under the tutelege of Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.