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Lara Wong Trio
Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. (Canada), award-winning musician Lara Wong now makes her home in Madrid, Spain. In 2021, she became the first woman to win the prestigious “Filon” award for best flamenco instrumentalist at the Festival Cante de las Minas, Spain’s most important flamenco competition. She was also the first foreigner to win in any category in the festival’s 60 year history.
Lara’s musical journey began in the classical realm. She earned her Bachelor of Music in classical and jazz flute at McGill University in Montreal. It was during these years that she began to dedicate herself to flamenco. In 2012, Lara travelled to Seville to study flamenco flute and singing at the Fundación Cristina Heeren, where she learned from legends like Pedro Sierra, Maria Jose Perez and Calixto Sanchez. Today, Lara is an up-and-coming flautist on Spain’s flamenco scene, performing alongside internationally acclaimed Spanish artists such as Tino di Geraldo, Pepe Rivero, Tomasito and Juan Andres Maya. Lara has played numerous North American and European festivals, and toured many countries, including France, Japan, Armenia and Canada. Her debut album, Rosa de los Vientos, was recently released.
The Lara Wong Trio invigorates the flamenco scene with distinctive compositions influenced by far-flung musical styles ranging from Indian to jazz. Mystical melodies on bamboo bansuri flute and exploratory improvisations on traverse flute are accompanied by dazzling flamenco guitar riffs and sophisticated percussion.