For Lenny

I'm thrilled to introduce my Sony Classical debut album FOR LENNY, celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special friends-and-family tribute to the man behind the music.

See below for special features including behind-the-scenes podcasts and videos, listen at Apple Music or Spotify,, and I hope you love the music!



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Songs for Lenny: A Leonard Bernstein Celebration

Watch a Bernstein centennial celebration with Lara Downes, Thomas Hampson, Ailyn Perez, J'Nai Bridges and Theo Bleckmann.



Lara Downes (& friends): For Lenny Sony Classical Could there be a more perfect pairing than Leonard Bernstein and Lara Downes? Each incarnates the American spirit in resplendent manner, the former in his magnificent writing and the latter in her captivating piano playing.

New Classical Tracks: Lara Downes celebrates Bernstein in 'For Lenny'

Lara Downes & Friends - For Lenny (Sony Classical) Leonard Bernstein was a game changer, and a rule breaker. Pianist Lara Downes says the impact he's had on American music over the past 100 years is incomparable. "Everything that he did he did absolutely from the heart.

Downes' Bernstein Tribute Finds the Sweet Spot

Given the amount of coverage the event has received, it is hard to imagine that anyone reading this site (or probably just about any other source) is not aware that this coming August 25 will mark the centennial of the birth of composer (not to mention conductor, pianist, author, and lecturer ...

Lara Downes' Bernstein Tribute

Lara Downes is one of the finest pianists working today. Her virtuosity and interpretive skills are well established. She is well versed in the standard repertoire of classical piano music but has chosen to blaze her own unique path in her recorded legacy. Here she pays homage in her own unique manner with help from...

Intimate Musical Portraits 'For Lenny' - Classical KDFC

Pianist Lara Downes has assembled a collection of miniatures and songs by, and inspired by Leonard Bernstein, to help commemorate his hundredth birthday. In the album , she includes the musical portraits that he wrote for friends, and in turn, tributes to him in the same spirit by those who knew and admired him.

Classical Album of the Week: For Lenny

Week of February 26, 2018. Pianist Lara Downes has put together a fascinating tribute to Leonard Bernstein, celebrating the 100th birthday of the conductor/composer/pianist. The album For Lenny: An Intimate Tribute to Leonard Bernstein and his American Legacy features Bernstein's aptly-named Anniversaries for Piano, new arrangements of his songs, and world premieres of works dedicated to Bernstein by leading American composers.

For Lenny: Lara Downes Plays Leonard Bernstein

by Dacia Clay This year, Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 years old. To celebrate, pianist Lara Downes took on a massive project called For Lenny that involves arrangements of Bernstein's songs, new works dedicated to him, collaborations with artists from diverse genres, and an online compon

Pianist Lara Downes Honors Legacy Of Bernstein On 'For Lenny'

Classical pianist Lara Downes collaborated with several of her friends and musical heroes to create "For Lenny," an album dedicated to the 100th birthday of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. The record features guest artists like opera baritone Thomas Hampson, bluegrass artist Rhiannon Giddens and Pentatonix beatboxer Kevin Olusola.

FOr Lenny Pre-release Episodes