Lisa Liske is interested in old, new, and world music and loves of the voice of the cello.

She is a member of Philadelphia-based New River Ensemble, with longtime Friends Music Camp colleagues Brenden Cooney (piano, banjo, trombone, guitar, vocals, composition) of Philadelphia and Martha Hyde (clarinet, saxophone, vocals, composition) of New York.  New River Ensemble taps into the musical current of our time, presenting concerts that incorporate many styles and periods of music, performing original compositions as well as standard repertoire.  The ensemble offers a number of workshops for educational settings of all levels.

Lisa has also been a member of the chamber group Emrys Ensemble (flute trio plus guests), which explored repertoire of the past and took delight in new music, including some written for Emrys; and Trio Sans Souçi, a Baroque ensemble with harpsichord, violin, and cello that included the zestful thievery of viola da gamba music. She is presently a member of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra.

Lisa’s book on cello technique (How To Fly Your Cello) and her method and repertoire book (The Ants Book) for beginner cellists are works in progress. She enjoys teachings cellists ages 3-adult through her online studio, with a thoughtful pedagogy based in her years of Suzuki teacher training but including a flexible world-music repertoire, and Creative Ability Development and awareness of the revolutionary, diverse approaches to cello playing that are now at liberty world-wide. Her own education includes a M.M. in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory and a B.A. from St. John’s College (the Great Books Program), and studies at Peabody with Stephen Kates. She counts among her primary musical influences Sophie Feuermann, Bonnie Hampton, Elisabeth Le Guin, and Anthony Martin.

Lisa gives workshops about cello playing, chamber music, celtic music, and improvisation in Suzuki institute and camp settings, for music clubs, university studios, among others.  She also offers parent and teacher workshops and talks on topics that range across the simultaneously narrow-and-wide fields of musicianship, pedagogy, education, and human development. Her recent online workshop offering was Soundings Between the Worlds:



1982-present Freelance solo, chamber music, and orchestra musician
1984 – present Registered Suzuki teacher, private studio Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Blacksburg, VA
2009-present Adjunct Faculty, Hollins University
1998- 2003 Adjunct Faculty, Washington and Lee University and Southern Viriginia University
1994-2004 Acting Associate Principal Cello, Associate Principal Cello, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
1994–2003 Principal Cello, Opera Roanoke


Cello instruction from: Channing Robins, Stephen Kates, Sophie Feuermann, Irene Sharp, Bonnie Hampton

Special Student: Peabody Institute of Music                           1981-82

Long-term Suzuki Pedagogy Training with Annette Costanzi     1982-84

Other Suzuki Training with Cary Hockett, Christine Livingstone, Rick Mooney, Gilda Barston, Nancy Hair, and Beth Cantrell among others

B.A., St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD 1990

M.M., San Francisco Conservatory 1993