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Born in Paris, Patrice Laré began his piano studies with Professor Igor Lavrov. At the age of 17, he studied at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris” under Pierre Sancan. A year later, he was admitted to the Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied eight years in the class of Professor Youri Slessarev. In 1990, he obtained a “Master of Fine Arts” degree and two years later - an “Artist Diploma”. With the help of his teachers, he has inherited the traditions of the Russian Piano School, represented by H. Neuhaus and S. Feinberg.
In his attempt to further expand his horizons, Patrice settled in Quebec, Canada in 1993. He continued his musical studies at a doctorate level in the Department of Music at the University of Montreal in the class of Dr. Natalie Pepin. In 1994, Patrice Laré won the First University of Montreal Concerto Competition, and in May 1998 he completed his D.M.A. under the direction of Professor Marc Durand.

Although his repertoire extends from Bach to Shostakovich, Patrice Laré prefers the masterpieces of the romantic repertoire including the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Franck, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.

Patrice Laré has given numerous concerts in France, Russia, Bulgaria, Canada and the United States. He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras, and in recital, and as well, in a duo with his spouse, the cellist Velitchka Yotcheva. Through their great love for chamber music, Patrice and Velitchka founded the Montreal Chamber Music Society. Recently, he has participated in prestigious festivals such as the Festival de Musique du Mont-Tremblant, the International Festival of Chamber Music of Niagara, the Summer Festival of Maison Trestler, the Weathersfield Music Festival (Vermont).

He has also played for the Pro Musica Society in Montreal. These concerts were frequently broadcasted on Radio Canada. In Bulgaria, he has participated in the Musical Weeks of Sofia, the International Summer Festival of Varna, and the International Music Festivals of Plodiv and Stara Zagora. Patrice Laré participated with the Trio Rachmaninoff de Montréal in the 2000 Björklunden Music Series and gave a concert at Lawrence University (Wisconsin). He also performed a concert for the International Festival “Bravissimo” in Guatemala City (Central America).

More recently, Patrice participated again in the Musical Weeks of Sofia, Bulgaria, and in October he toured French Polynesia. He was also invited by the General Delegation of Quebec to perform two concerts in Berlin and Munich.

Patrice Laré also devotes himself to teaching. During his five-year doctorate residency at the University of Montreal, he was appointed a Piano Lecturer. He also conducted Master classes at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Sofia State Conservatory (Bulgaria), Quebec Conservatory in Rimouski, and Brock University in St. Catharines (Ontario). Patrice was invited as a resident artist at ISMA (International School of Musical Arts) and MIMC (Montreal International Music Camp), where he taught piano and chamber music.

Patrice Laré recently released a recording of Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B minor under the XXI-21 Records label. His discography also includes two CDs with cellist Velitchka Yotcheva - one, containing virtuoso pieces for cello and piano, and another with two great sonatas by Franck and Brahms. Patrice’s first album was released in 2004, containing the trios of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich with the Trio Rachmaninoff de Montréal, under the ATMAclassique Label.