Lecturer in Viola – Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University; Formerly – Irish Chamber Orchestra
Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Australian Institute of Music
Lisa Grosman recently returned to live in Australia after nearly 15 years as a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. During this time she toured extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia, and worked with directors such as Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Maxim Vengerov, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Jorg Widmann and Steven Isserlis. Lisa was appointed to Monash University last year as part of a new initiative by the String Faculty to nurture and encourage the study of viola.
Lisa began learning Suzuki Method violin at the age of five. She later studied with Alice Waten at both the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Australian Institute of Music. Lisa was the Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra, but then while attending a programme at the Australian National Academy of Music, she met Esther van Stralen (Principal Viola, SSO) and Irina Morozova (Goldner Quartet), and became fascinated with the viola.
This led to masterclasses at ANAM with Professor Bruno Giuranna, and after receiving a scholarship to join his class at the University of Limerick, Lisa travelled to Ireland, completing a Master of Arts in Classical String Performance. She continued her studies with Professor Giuranna for a further two years in the Corso di Perfezionamente in Cremona, Italy at the Accademia Walther Stauffer.
For four years, Lisa was the Director of Strings for the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Education and Outreach Project, “Sing Out with Strings” in inner city Limerick, teaching over 300 children in an El Sistema inspired programme where music is used to promote social change in disadvantaged communities. She has also attended El Sistema Conferences in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London and in Stirling (Scotland).
Aside from her work with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Lisa was the solo violist in the contemporary music group “Crash Ensemble” for nine years, working with artists such as Arvo Part, Steve Reich and Gavin Bryars. She was also very involved with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and was a guest examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Since her return to Australia, Lisa has taught at the University of Queensland, covering for Professor Patricia Pollett. She has been Guest Principal Viola of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (now Opera Australia Orchestra), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, and also performed with ACO, MSO and with the Australian World Orchestra.
Lisa is a Lecturer in Viola at Monash University where she is also involved in several education and outreach projects, including establishing a relationship between the Pizzicato Effect (the flagship education project of the MSO) and students at Monash University. Lisa was a guest artist at the 2016 Jakarta International Summer Music Festival. She is a regular guest teacher at Suzuki workshops in both NSW and Victoria.
Lisa has received numerous awards and scholarships including the major prize from the Australian Music Foundation in London. Lisa’s viola was purchased with assistance from the E.V.Llewellyn Memorial Fund.
Last updated 2020