Lisa Schatzman

Home > Faculty > Lisa Schatzman

Lisa Schatzman

Concertmaster Artist Programme - violino


Stauffer Professor since 2021.

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 AmsterdamHerkulessaal 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 PoppenLawrence 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.

I think for the students coming to the Stauffer Center, it's an ideal moment to start to find out what kind of musician they are going to be, or they are already. It's really an amazing idea that 10 concertmasters come here and can tell who they are, so when the students go home, I think they have also more of a sense of who they are when they play their instrument.

Lisa SchatzmanStauffer Professor


Stauffer Center