Zerlina Devi
Piano Instructor

Indian-American pianist Lara Saldanha received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University in June 2015 Magna Cum Laude, studying with Alan Chow. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music at The New School’s Mannes School of Music in New York City, studying with Vladimir Valjarevic. She has also studied with Serguei Milstein at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, Inna Terekhov, and Neya Korsantia.


Lara has been a prizewinner at the Geneva Conservatory Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Schumann Competition; Geneva Conservatory Chopin Competition; Ohio Music Teachers’ Association Buckeye Competition; Clifton Piano Competition, and DePauw University Young Artist Competition, among others. She has performed in venues such as the Bohemian National Hall and Mannes School of Music in New York; Northwestern University’s Lutkin Hall in Chicago; the Bodmer Foundation and Place Neuve in Geneva, Switzerland; and the Art Museum, Aronoff Center, and Wyoming Fine Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She looks forward to playing her debut in India in January 2017 at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, the Kala Academy in Goa, and Mazda Hall for the Pune Music Society.  Lara has performed in the USA, Switzerland, France, Germany and China and lived in 10 cities across 6 countries. 


Lara started her own private piano studio in the Seattle, Washington area that consisted of students between the ages of five and eleven. She believes in a holistic musical education emphasizing a solid base in note reading, rhythm, technique, and good listening. Lara emphasizes fostering a lifelong appreciation for music, introducing elements of musical literacy early on in a child’s studies. She focuses on developing skills such as deliberate practice and overcoming stage fright through performance opportunities that are transferable to all areas of a student's education. Lara is very excited to continue teaching at Keys to Success in the New York area.