Born in Sydney, Lisa began playing the violin at the age of five with Suzuki teacher Hiroko Primrose. She continued with Yasuki Nakamura, performing solos throughout Australia and represented Suzuki Australia in Japan, the United States and New Zealand, performing Mozarts violin concertos at the age of 11.
Continuing studies with Christopher Kimber, Lisa won 1st prize National Strings at the Wenkart Competition Australia in 1988, was a string finalist at the ABC Young Performers Competition in 1988 and was granted two Australia Council Grants, which provided her with a scholarship to study in Germany with Igor Ozim. During this time she also worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Lisa then spent the next 13 years living in Germany, studying with Igor Ozim and the Amadeus String Quartet, whilst performing and recording internationally. Lisa specialized in the violin & piano repertoire and recorded French violin sonatas for the Klavins Music label. She also played with Concerto Koln, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Gurzenich Orchester Koln, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and was a member of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn.
Highlights include Guest 3rd Concertmaster with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Bernard Haitink and solo recordings of Bach Double Concertos for oboe & violin (with Christian Hommel) and 2 violins (with Christine Pichlmeier) on the Naxos label with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra.
On returning to Sydney in 2001, Lisa has enjoyed being Guest Concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (under Richard Bonynge), West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Lisa has enjoyed residencies at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon both as a violinist with the group Ironwood and as an illustrator.
She is a established illustrator – Can I Cuddle the Moon?, Mummy’s Kisses and Bushland Lullaby have been published by Scholastic Press since 2010.
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Blog posts and interviews with Lisa
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We asked Lisa a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? When i was 5 yrs old , i loved listening to violin records .I used to practise in the dark standing on my bed pretending i was on stage.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? Watching foreign films, crime , HBO series until the early hours of the morning whislt drawing and trying to finish illustration deadlines.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? Big big gulps of water -I get hot playing!
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? Gosh anything really supose depends what kind of concert but a classical one 2 hours is nice.
- When should we clap? Clap whenever you like !!
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