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 North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and Blue Ridge Baroque.
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 is presently all online, with a Saturday morning live class on Zoom, How to Fly Your Cello, open to anyone anywhere who would like a quick consult and trouble shooting about anything cellistic or musical. Lisa maintains a small online studio, Incipio Cello, with beginner through pre-professional training for all ages including adult amateurs. During 2020-21 Lisa founded, managed, and taught for The Cello Camerata, an online international masterclass, with Wendy Warner and Jonathan Kramer. https://thecellocamerata.wordpress.com/
From 2002-2020 she ran a private studio called Community Cello Works, which was based in Blacksburg, Virginia. Some of those students remain with her online studio, Incipio Cello, now that she has relocated to focus on performance, research, and writing. Her students range in age from 3 to adult, with a considerable number of young pre-professionals. She is presently adjunct faculty at Roanoke College. 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 her own Making Music Move curriculum, which includes her own pedagogical innovations plus training in Alice Kanack’s Creative Ability Development and the Suzuki method. Lisa combines improvisation, composition, and alternative styles 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.
In the summers she teaches at:
Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp https://www.blueridgesuzukicamp.com/
Soundings Between the Worlds https://soundingsbetweentheworlds.com/