American violinist Lisa Romain completed formal musical training in New York and currently enjoys a varied career based in Budapest, Hungary. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, where her teachers were Sally Thomas and Laurie Smukler, respectively. In New York City, she has performed as a guest violinist with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
In 2014, Lisa moved to Budapest with the support of a Fulbright Grant to study the music of composer György Kurtág, initially working under the guidance of András Keller and Gábor Csalog and later with András Kemenes, András Szalai, Rita Wagner, and Mr. Kurtág himself. Over the span of the project’s two years, she performed Mr. Kurtág’s solo and chamber music pieces at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and, in collaboration with members of the Ludium Együttes, a collective dedicated to preserving Mr. Kurtág’s musical legacy in Hungary, at the Budapest Music Center on Kurtág 90, a weeklong festival of concerts in celebration of the composer’s 90th birthday.
She performs regularly with the orchestra Concerto Budapest, participating in their CD recordings for the Hungaroton and TACET labels, as well as international tours. Chamber music performances have brought her to venues such as the Budapest Music Center, Franz Liszt Academy’s Solti Hall, Palace of Musical Arts, and appearances on the Budapest Spring and Transparent Sound festivals.
As a soloist, Lisa made her New York concerto debut in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, performing Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Mannes Orchestra. She has also been featured in concertos by Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart with orchestras in the American northeast and in Kaija Saariaho’s Graal Théâtre with Montréal’s Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with artists such as Timothy Boulton, Adrian Brendel, Roger Chase, Gábor Csalog, Danny Driver, Ulf Hoelscher, Diana Ligeti, Magnus Lindberg, Jerome Lowenthal, and Jacqueline Shave and has been heard at the Birdfoot Festival, Anssi Kartunnen’s Creative Dialogue VI Workshop, Le Domaine Forget, Kneisel Hall, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Open Chamber Music session and master classes at the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove in the United Kingdom.
Lisa plays on a violin made by Giulio Cesare Gigli in the 18th century.
photo credit: Lisa Romain