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Zara Lawler


Photo by Michael Wheatley
Flutist Zara Lawler made her New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall, has been a soloist with many orchestras including the Houston and Atlanta Symphonies, and was the assistant principal flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for three years. For the last ten years, her work has expanded to include dance, theater and storytelling elements, with the innovative chamber groups Asterisk and Full Fathom, with the national touring ensemble Tales & Scales, and in several collaborations with choreographer C. Neil Parsons. Lawler studied at the Juilliard School with Carol Wincenc and Samuel Baron, and has performed at many summer festivals including Marlboro Music, Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, and the Banff Center for the Arts. She has won numerous competitions including Artists International, Ima Hogg, and the New York Flute Club. Lawler is currently based in New York City, where she works as a flutist, interdisciplinary performing artist and coach. She writes a weekly blog on practicing music, www.thepracticenotebook.com. When she’s not playing the flute, Zara can often be found playing the banjo, folk dancing, and taking naps.

Visit Zara at her personal website: www.zaralawler.com

Zara at a glance

Name: Zara Lawler (one first name, but you can call her Zadie)

Bachelor of Arts: Barnard College

Master of Music: Juilliard (really!)

Favorite quote (about herself): “You’re like a combination of Jacqueline DuPré and David Bowie.” -Anne Pollack

Favorite quote (by herself): “Eyes open for safety!”

Hobbies: lying around, watching Battlestar Galactica, playing banjo

Sweetheart (wife in 6 states and counting): Aine Zimmerman (one first name, spelled the misleading way)

Who will play her in The Movie: Frances MacDormand (if a combination of Jacqueline DuPré and David Bowie is not available).


Frances MacDormand

Jacqueline DuPre

David Bowie