Ana Lara is a vital personality in Mexican contemporary music. She is highly regarded as a composer aswell as promoter and programmer.

She has worked as artistic director of contemporary music at Festival Internacional Cervantino (2007-2009) and created the Festival Internacional Música y Escena which she directed for 13 years (1998-2012). Since 1989 she produces the program Hacia una nueva música at University Radio (Radio UNAM) devoted to contemporary music.

Since 2015, together with Jean-Paul Bernard (ex-director of Les Percussions de Strasbourg) has created Afinidades Insospechadas, a platform for interdisciplinary works based on collaboration and academic education.

She was the Cultural Attachée at the Mexican Embassy in France and the Director of the Instituto Cultural de Mexico in Paris from 2016-1017.

Recent works include Au-delà du visible for string quartet commissioned by the Louvre Museum and the Quatuor Diotima, Malgré la nuit, for piano, percussion and electronic commissioned by the CIRM, Callada Calma, composed to celebrate Mario Lavista's 70 birthday for mezzo, flute, bass clarinet and piano and El Baile, musical theater commissioned by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

An evening of Ana Lara's chamber music was presented at Théâthre Gralin in Nantes by the Ensemble Utopik and was part of their project Rencontres Utopik (2014).