Area of Expertise
Courses Offered at Redlands
B.M., M.M., University of Redlands
Previous Teaching Experience
- Private studio since 1997
- Accompanying since 1999
Awards and Honors
- All-American Scholar Award, 2004
- University of Redlands Alumni Award, 2008
- LeHigh Endowment, 1999-2006
- Volunteer of the Year Award, 1999
- Editor’s Choice Award in Poetry, 1997, 1998
- Volunteer Award and Scholarship, 1997
- KNX News Radio Citizen Award, 1996
Publications and Presentations
- Recital with guest artist Michael Mulcahy, 2010
- Premiered works by John Steinmetz and Matthew Tommasini, 2010
- Project on Messaien Quartet for the End of Time, 2010
- Recording as part of University of Redlands CD release, 2009
- Recital with guest artist Gene Pokorny, 2007-2011
- Recital with guest artist Walfrid Kujala, 2009
- Solo with RSO, 2002, 2007, 2008
- CD Recording of Rhapsody in Blue, 2000
Member of Pi Kappa Lambda since 2003
Pianist Lara Urrutia of Redlands, California is no stranger to the concert stage. Since the age of eleven she has appeared more than two dozen times as a soloist with symphony orchestras in the Los Angeles area and has performed several hundred solo recitals, appearing in venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Kodak Theater, the Shrine Auditorium, and the Crystal Cathedral. She has been featured on Fox 11’s Good Day LA, and has performed multiple times on the Redlands Bowl stage. As part of the University of Redlands’s Centennial Celebration in 2007, she was invited to perform Grieg’s Concerto in A minor at the Redlands Bowl with Frank Fetta conducting.
In May of 2002, as grand prize winner in the University of Redlands Solo/Concerto Competition, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Jon Robertson. In 2008 she appeared again with the RSO as guest soloist, this time performing Liszt’s Totentanz with Co Nguyen, conductor.
In addition to a busy musical life in Southern California, Ms. Urrutia has concertized extensively in the country of Chile. Her most recent two-month South American solo tour was centered in Santiago. She also has given recitals in Mexico, Austria, and Hawaii.
Her recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, released in the spring of 2000, has been broadcasted on air, as well her performance of Copland’s Appalachian Spring as part of the University of Redlands Faculty Chamber ensemble. Her latest recorded collaborative project, on Hymns to Forgotten Moons: Music of Arnold Schoenberg and Anthony Suter, was released in 2010 by Centaur Entertainment label.
Ms. Urrutia has been highly regarded for her dedicated and self-sacrificing work on behalf of needy children. Beginning at age twelve, Ms. Urrutia performed 29 concerts to raise money on behalf of a young friend needing a heart-lung transplant. Her second project was to raise funds for an impoverished ten-year-old child in need of multiple brain surgeries. Through her many concerts she has also assisted in fund-raising for Child Help USA, the Home Mechanical Ventilation Program, as well as for the City of Hope. Her remarkable work came to the attention of the late Congressman Sonny Bono who, along with members of the film industry such as Tom Selleck, Cheryl Ladd, John Stamos, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and others involved in philanthropic endeavors, publicly celebrated her remarkable work. Fox TV and KNX News Radio have honored her as an outstanding citizen. She also received a special commendation from President Clinton for her note-worth contributions to society.
Graduating from Kings Chapel Academy in Moreno Valley at age fourteen as valedictorian (1997), Ms. Urrutia continued on the path of academic excellence at the University of Redlands, where she received both her bachelor's (’03) and master's degrees (’06) in Piano Performance. Ms. Urrutia was the first recipient of the Mary Elizabeth LeHigh Endowed Piano Scholarship at the University of Redlands, an award she held for the length of her student days at the University. From 1996-2006 she was the piano student of Professor Louanne Long.
Ms. Urrutia is also an accomplished violinist, accordionist, and an award-winning poet. A three-time winner of the Editor’s Choice Award, she has been honored at the International Society of Poets Convention in Washington, D.C. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honorary music society
Currently Ms. Urrutia is a member of the faculty at the University of Redlands where she heads the piano accompanying program. She continues to perform extensively in the Southland both as a soloist and collaborative artist. She appears regularly with the principle tubist of the Chicago Symphony, Gene Pokorny, and has collaborated with other current and former principle-chair members of the Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Antonio, Winnipeg, and Beijing Symphonies, the London and Berlin Philharmonics, and the English National Opera.