Dutch violin virtuoso Lisa Jacobs is known for her passionate performances, interesting programs and communicative qualities on stage. She is equally at home on the concert stage with concertos, chamber music, recitals and solo works.
At the age of only 17, Lisa made her successful debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Chailly.
She has played several times in all the major concert halls of the Netherlands and all around the world ever since, both as a soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors, as a recitalist with her pianist Ksenia Kouzmenko and at chamber music festivals, always to high critical acclaim, receiving brilliant reviews and finding ecstatic audiences. She receives much attention in both national and international media, with live radio concerts, television broadcasts and interviews. Lisa has won several first prizes in both national and international competitions, one of them being at the 2nd International Jascha Heifetz Violin Competition in Lithuania 2005, where she received the Audience prize as well.
She has collaborated with (amongst others) the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Philharmonie ZuidNederland, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra, Kiev State Symphony Orchestra, Georgian Sinfonietta, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzesse, Orquestra Sinfonica de Juanaguato Mexico, Residentie Orchestra and respected conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Riccardo Chailly, Jurjen Hempel, Massimo Quarta, Dirk Brossé, Juozas Domarkas, Jan Willem de Vriend, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Toby Hoffman. Lisa plays a Rugieri violin from 1683, given to her on loan by a private person for which she is very grateful.
Upcoming engagements include concerts playing the Wieniawski, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Locatelli and Vivaldi concertos, including concert tours to Greece, France, United Kingdom, Georgia, China and Germany.
In November 2013, her debut CD of works by Franck and Ysaye was given a highly successful release on Challenge Records International. Lisa’s next CD will be released in 2015.
Miss Jacobs started playing the violin at the age of 6. She was accepted in the Young Talent class of the Utrecht Conservatory by Joyce Tan at only eight years old. She continued studying with Ilya Grubert at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she has graduated cum laude and with the highest distinction for both her bachelor and masters studies, at which occasion the jury spoke that they “were short on superlatives to praise her superb playing.” She also took lessons with Christoph Poppen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich where she successfully finished her Konzertexam. This has been supported by the foundation Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
Further musical influences were received in several lessons with Thomas Brandis, Julian Rachlin, Herman Krebbers, David Takeno, Nelli Shkollnikova, Philip Graffin and Maxim Vengerov, which was broadcasted on Dutch television.