won first prize in the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco 2012), second prize in the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, first prize and Gold Medal in the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition and first prize in the 2003 Beethoven Society of America Competition. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied under Leon Fleisher. She presently studies under the direction of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School.
Ms. Daneshpour has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Russia, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden. She has been heard on stages at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in her native Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York and the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She has also been featured nation wide on 160 public radio stations, including the venerable WGBH in Boston.
Ms. Daneshpour's performances have earned high accolades from audiences and critics alike. The Washington Post
wrote of her performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, “ ...she created transfixing poetry. And she found delightful details in passagework and incidents that other pianists treat as routine.” The Baltimore Sun
stated that Ms. Daneshpour “delivered a powerhouse account of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1
, producing enough tone for two pianists in the process,” while the San Jose Mercury-News
called her performance “...sensational. Strength, finesse, passion; it was all there.”
In addition, she has been featured as a soloist in prestigious concert music series, including at the Werner Richard Saal in Munich, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strathmore Hall in Washington, D.C., the Ventura Festival, the Frederic Chopin Society in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, about which the New York Concert Review
wrote, “She lavished color on oft-nelected line, illuminated subtle beauties, and raged through the storms, always with stunning polish….She exhibits all the requisites for a high voltage career and more: blazing technique, power, expressivity, imagination and a lovely stage presence.”
Ms. Daneshpour has recently joined the Astral Artists roster as a winner of its 2010 National Auditions.www.saradaneshpour.com