Lisa Schatzman, violin
The French violinist born in 1981 has been concertmaster of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra since 2010. She is also a regular guest performer in the same position with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. As a sought-after chamber music partner, she performs with artists like Jörg Widmann, Ralph Kirsh-baum, Ebene Quartett, Oliver Schnyder, Ana Chumachenco, Pascal Moraguès, Nils Mönkemeyer, Isabelle Moretti, Jens-Peter Maintz, and others. She has been a guest at the City of London Festival, the Musica Festival Strasburg, the Montpellier Radio France Festival, the Henri Dutilleux Festival Cardiff, and the Folles Journées. As first violin of the Psophos Quartetts (2007-2009), she was selected for the BBC “New Generation Artists“ program. She has moreover performed in recordings in various chamber music combinations for Bayerischer Rundfunk, France Musique, and SRF 2. She has carried out numerous projects in collaboration with composers such as Nicolas Bacri, Marc Monnet, Peter Sculthorpe, and Jörg Widmann, and the choreographer Philippe Découflé. The prizewinner of the Geneva International Music Competition 2004 has performed as soloist under the direction of Christoph Poppen, Lawrence Foster, and James Gaffigan. At only six years old, Lisa Schatzman was the youngest pupil of Hungarian violinist Tibor Varga to give a solo performance with an orchestra.
Her studies led her to Hagai Shaham at the Rubin Academy Jerusalem and the renowned professor, Ana Chumachenco, at the University of Music in Munich. She received further inspiration from Miriam Fried, Ida Haendel, and Joseph Silverstein. Recordings of the versatile artist are available from Avie Records, Neos, and Divox. Her new CD with pianist Benjamin Engeli with works by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner was published by Claves Records recently. Lisa Schatzman has initiated the concert series « MusikWerk Luzern » and plays a Niccolo Amati violin, which has been made available to the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra as a loan by a private person.