Lisa Lanza, Pianist

Lisa at the 2009 Ediburgh Festival

It’s been a huge pleasure to have the company of Lisa Lanza, a Washington-based pianist, this past week.

Over many late-night meals she has told us about her careers in medical records, as a café owner, and as a bookkeeper; about her vegetable garden, her cats, her husband’s business, her large Italian family… and at first we kept wondered “but isn’t she a pianist…” Then Lisa finally mentionned that “in her spare time” she accompanies opera and musical theatre companies,  singers, soloists as well as a few choirs; not to mention  that she herself appears regularly as a soloist in recitals, charity events and with her regional orchestra…and our collective jaws dropped.

This truly gifted and lovely woman has been gracing our woods with Chopin, Liszt and Brahms. She plays Debussy for the blackbirds who (rather marvelously) sing back. Her studies have brought her to France, as well as England (with Paul Roberts at the Guildhall School of Music) and to Portugal (with Maria Joao Pires) and her playing reflects her openness to cultural influences. She leaps at the opportunity to make a Brahms phrase more French and doesn’t hesitate to plunge into a tango or try her hand at playing the accordeon or the marimba. She embodies the musical personality: well-rounded, perceptive and very open minded.

So it with the utmost pleasure that we present a recital this weekend, with Lisa taking us through her current repertoire. She will also accompany Nabi Cabestany, a young Catalan cellist who recently moved to our area, in the Brahms e minor Cello Sonata as well as music by Debussy, Liszt and Granados.

 

 

 

 

 

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