Lara St. John’s She, Her, Hers

The Celebrated Violinist on Fighting Classical Music’s Toxic Background.

WORDS BY ARLAN VRIENS

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NEW YORK — MUSIC — Issue 10

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John is a passionate champion of music that challenges the norm. With her 1779 Guadagnini violin in hand, she has appeared at concert halls worldwide, been invested into the Order of Canada, and recently launched her album of solo violin music by women composers, She, Her, Hers.


For all her success, St. John is also all too familiar with classical music’s darker sides. Her 2019 exposé about the abuse she suffered at the Curtis Institute of Music sent shockwaves through the classical music world and continues to embolden victims to tell their stories and challenge institutional powers. St. John joined...

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Lara St. John by Stacy Kendrick

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