Lisa Liske is a cellist whose performances of solo and chamber music are focused upon creating a vital and interactive concert experience in both traditional and unusual concert spaces. Her repertoire ranges from ancient to new music, composed classical and alternative styles as well as improvisation. Her present performance focus includes New River Ensemble, an East Coast based clarinet trio with a difference; a collaboration with harpsichordist/pianist Francis Yun to create stylistically-informed performances of the Beethoven works for cello and piano; and an ongoing exploration of the many styles of music for cello alone. She also performs with her cello protégés in Blue Ridge Cello Ensemble.
In addition to these small-ensemble performances, Lisa has wide background in symphonic, opera, and chamber orchestras, with a special interest in accompanying vocal music.
Her teaching career includes great dedication to her private studio, Community Cello Works, offering cello lessons in Blacksburg, Virginia and in Hollins, Virginia. Her students range in age from 3 or 4 to adult, with a considerable number of young pre-professionals. She is presently adjunct faculty at Hollins University. Lisa has taught in university, masterclass, workshop, and summer festival settings both in the U.S. and England, and enjoys them all. She offers an eclectic, individually-tailored approach for each student, combining this with a core curriculum in the Suzuki method. Improvisiation, composition, and alternative styles combine in Community Cello Works to create a vital, fascinating learning environment where each student’s voice can come forth and find its place. Helping students find the pleasure of making music with others also holds a high place in Lisa’s approach to teaching. One of her special dedications is to Friends Music Camp; another is Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp.