Australian violist, Lisa Grosman recently returned to live in Australia after 15 years as a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. During this time she toured extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia, and worked with directors such as Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Maxim Vengerov, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Jorg Widmann and Steven Isserlis. She has also performed at numerous chamber music festivals in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Italy.
Lisa began learning Suzuki Method violin at the age of five. She later studied with Alice Waten at both the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Australian Institute of Music. Lisa was the Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra, but then while attending a programme at the Australian National Academy of Music, Lisa met Esther van Stralen (Principal Viola, SSO) and Irina Morozova (Goldner Quartet), and she became fascinated with the viola.
An AYO Opportunity Grant led to masterclasses at ANAM with Professor Bruno Giuranna, and after receiving a scholarship to join his class at the University of Limerick, Lisa travelled to Ireland, completing a Master of Arts in Classical String Performance (Hons 1).
She continued her studies with Professor Giuranna for a further two years in the Corso di Perfezionamente in Cremona, Italy at the Accademia Walther Stauffer.
For four years, Lisa was the Director of Strings for the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Education and Outreach Project, “Sing Out with Strings” in inner city Limerick, teaching over 300 children in an El Sistema inspired programme where music is used to promote social change in disadvantaged communities. She was also one of the Irish representatives for Sistema Europe, and has attended El Sistema Conferences in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London and in Stirling (Scotland).
In addition to her position with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Lisa was also the solo violist with the contemporary music group “Crash Ensemble” for nine years. Considered to be one of Europe’s most innovative groups in terms of commissioning and programming, this involved working with artists such as Arvo Part, Steve Reich, Kevin Volans and Gavin Bryars.
Lisa has been an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and also worked closely for several years with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, both as a tutor and as a member of the audition panel.
Since her return to Australia, Lisa has been teaching at the University of Queensland, covering for Professor Patricia Pollett. She has been Guest Principal Viola of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Lisa also performed with Wilma Smith and Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the chamber music series “Wilma and Friends” at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Lisa has received numerous awards and scholarships including the major prize from the Australian Music Foundation in London. Lisa’s viola was purchased with assistance from the E.V.Llewellyn Memorial Fund.