Indian-American pianist Kunal Lahiry is a 2021-2023 BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of the 2021 Carl Bechstein Foundation scholarship. Recent engagements include concerts with Barbara Hannigan at the Ludwigsburg Festival; appearances on Daniel Hope’s Hope@Home and Europe@Home live stream concert series for ARTE; a recital exploring exoticism through French, Spanish, and Egyptian song with Fatma Said for the Life Victoria de Los Angeles Festival in Barcelona; five recitals with Fleur Barron for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; a French song recital for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall with Siobhan Stagg; an all-Schubert program with Jeeyoung Lee at the Pierre Boulez Saal, where he replaced Hartmut Höll on two days notice; a recorded program for the Icelandic National Public Radio with Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir at Reykjavik’s Harpa Concert Hall; and multiple recitals at the Ravinia Festival as staff pianist for the Steans Institute, among other engagements. Performance highlights include at the Wigmore Hall, Musée d’Orsay, La Monnaie, Teatr Wielki, Opéra de Rouen, the Daniel Barenboim Excellence Foundation, and on Génération France Musique.
Kunal has commissioned and premiered works by Nico Muhly, Molly Joyce, Heloise Werner, Viktor Orri Árnason, Guðmundur Emilsson, Zubaida Azezi, and Edo Frenkel. He received grants from the Musikfonds and the Center for Musical Excellence to finance and co-produce an interdisciplinary video project called ‘Homescapes’ with Icelandic soprano and visual artist Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir, and created a music video with Boomtown Media Productions exploring queerness in classical music through the support of the Liedzentrum Heidelberg.
Kunal has been invited to several young artist programs for pianists specializing in art song. In 2018, he was selected for the inaugural Royaumont-Orsay Academy, culminating in a live album recording released by B Records. He also joined the first Song Studio, mentored by Renee Fleming, at Carnegie Hall, was invited by Thomas Hampson to participate in the Heidelberg Lied Academy, and received the Sam Hutchings prize at Malcolm Martineau’s Oxenfoord international Summer School.
Originally from Gainesville, Georgia, Kunal was a Schulich Scholar at McGill University, in the class of Kyoko Hashimoto, and recently graduated with distinction in song interpretation, under the tutelage of Wolfram Rieger, from the Hochschule for Müsik “Hanns Eisler”. He is an Equilibrium Young Artist, a Samling Artist, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Artist, and Britten Pears Young Artist. Kunal is currently based in Berlin.