Born in 1981, the French violinist Lisa Schatzman is a versatile artist, a dedicated concertmaster and a passionate chamber music player.
She is the 1st 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 has performed with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Fazil Say, Jörg Widmann, Andreas Ottensamer, Barnabas Kelemen and Albrecht Meyer. She is a regular guest at renowned chamber music festivals in Europe and has played on international stages like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Herkulessaal Munich and Lucerne KKL.
She was selected for the highly regarded BBC “New Generation Artists“ program as the first violin of the Psophos Quartet (2007-2009). She has made recordings with various chamber music groups for the Bayerische Rundfunk, France Musique, BBC 3 and SRF 2.
She is a prizewinner of the Geneva International Music Competition 2004 and has performed as a soloist under the direction of Christoph Poppen, Lawrence Foster and James Gaffigan.
She studied from an early age with the hungarian violinist Tibor Varga, continuing subsequently to learn from Hagai Shaham in Israel and finally from Ana Chumachenco in her legendary class at the University of Music in Munich. She received further inspiration from Miriam Fried, Zakhar Bron, Ida Haendel and Joseph Silverstein.
Recordings of the artist are available from Avie Records, Neos, and the historic Swiss label Claves Records. Her CD featuring works by Richard Strauss has been nominated for the International Classic Music Awards.
Lisa Schatzman has developed a fascination for the chamber music of the classic modern era by founding her own concert series «MusikWerk Luzern». During the pandemic year she seized the opportunity to embark on advanced studies at the University of Zurich on baroque violin and music physiology.
She currently plays a Niccolo Amati violin, which has been made available to the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra as a loan by a private sponsor.
Concertmaster Artist Diploma
This unique course offers the opportunity to study with ten concertmasters from leading European orchestras. Students will meet one Professor per month, deepening their study of the orchestral and solo repertoire, going on to develop the qualities essential to fill the role of concertmaster, thus coming into contact with the best professionals in the international music community.