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Biography

Lisa Ueda works regularly in Europe and Asia as a soloist and recitalist

Her latest concerto and recital venues include the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly, St George's Bristol, Teatro Verde Italy, Symphony Hall Japan, Oji Hall Japan, Izumi Hall Japan, and Festival Hall Japan. 

 

Her Wigmore Hall début recital through the prestigious Kirckman Concert Society Award as the Ueda/Rinaldo Duo was received with critical acclaim. The Duo has embarked on a highly acclaimed Scotland Tour, through winning the Tunnell Trust Award, and they have had a successful Japan Tour in January '16 and December '17. The Duo has since, released an album and made a live appearance on BBC Radio3. 

Awarded "Uprising Young Artist" of Japan in '06, Lisa made her professional concerto début with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sachio Fujioka in '09. She continues to perform concerti with orchestras every season; recent collaborations include David Curtis (Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra), Tetsuro Ban (Ritsumeikan Symphony Orchestra) and return visits to Chiltern Sinfonietta and Watford Symphony Orchestra. In 2020, Lisa is recording Robert Matthew-Walker’s ‘Recreation Concertante’ with the Malaga Philharmonic.

1st prize winner in many competitions, Lisa has received the ABRSM Macklin Bursary Award, Carr-Gregory Award, San Martino Scholarship, Bach Prize, Goetze Bequest Award, Arthur Hervey Scholarship, Clumber Studio Scholarship, Kobler Award, Poulett Scholarship, D Day Fund Award, Moir Carnegie Prize for Violin, among others.
 

Also a vibrant chamber musician, Lisa performs with colleagues and mentors alike in festivals throughout the season; you can hear her in action as part of the professorial team at British Isles Music Festival, Ueda/Rinaldo Duo and the Anern String Trio

Collaborating with artists of her time has encouraged Lisa to première works including the World première of Nobuya Monta’s Violin Concerto (written for Lisa). Other premières include works by Robert Matthew-Walker, Dmitri Smirnov, Nobuya Monta, and Tomiko Kohjiba’s Rublyov’s Door performed at the Barbican. 


Charitable causes have always been at Lisa's heart, lately focusing her efforts on Save the Children Japan, Academy Camp Japan, and the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust. Annually, a number of her performances are solely for such trusts. Also passionate about creating bridges for UK-Japan relations, she has performed for various special guests over the years, including International Olympic Committee guests during the London 2012 Olympics for Tokyo 2020.

Lisa achieved the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and IB Bilingual Diploma at Osaka International School in Japan, where she was born. She studied violin with Miyuki Emura and Hisako Tsuji, during which she performed in London, Boston Tanglewood, Toronto, Shanghai, Munich, Geneva, and Vienna to name a few. Upon completing high school, Lisa moved to London on a full ABRSM International Scholarship, where she graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM). She completed her Master's degree with Distinction on a scholarship from RAM, under the tutelage of Richard Deakin. She has also received classes from Tasmin Little and Gyorgy Pauk whilst at the RAM and since.     

Today, you are hearing Lisa on a 1775 Antonio Gagliano on kind loan. 

 

[Aug 2018 - This biography is not to be edited without permission]

"exceptional playing"

Sir James Galway, BBC Music Magazine