Lise Berthaud, viola
“Quality came out vividly in this performance from the young French violist Lise Berthaud, whose powerful tone soared effortlessly over the BBC Symphony orchestra.” (Proms, September 2014)
A remarked member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme for 2013-2015, Lise Berthaud is unanimously praised as an outstanding figure on the international music scene.
She has performed in various prestigious concert venues throughout the world (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Cheltenham Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, Festival de Montpellier-Radio France, Festival Berlioz de la Côte Saint- André, Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, Davos Festival, Moritzburg Festival, Schubertiade Hohenems, Louisiana Museum in Denmark, Korlsholm festival in Finland, Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian Festival International de Colmar...) with such artists as Renaud Capuçon, Eric Le Sage, Augustin Dumay, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emmanuel Pahud, Gordan Nikollich, Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Alina Ibragimova, Veronika Eberle, Christian Poltera, Daishin Kashimoto, Quatuor Ebène, the Modigliani Quartet.
In October 2013, Leonard Slatkin invites Lise to perform and record (for Naxos) Harold in Italy with the Orchestre National de Lyon. As a soloist, Lise has played with all BBC orchestras, including for her BBC Proms Debut in 2014 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton. Other solo engagements include the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, les Musiciens du Louvre, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paulo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, and various orchestras in France, with conductors like Sakari Oramo, Fabien Gabel, Emmanuel Krivine, Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Litton, François Leleux, Paul Mc Creesh, Marc Minkowski.
After taking part in Eric Le Sage’s successful Schumann and Fauré recording, she released her first solo album in 2013 with pianist Adam Laloum under the French Aparté label. The disc featuring works by Brahms, Schumanna and Schubert was unanimously praised and won several awards in France.
Her passion for contemporary music has also lead her to collaborate with various composers, including Philippe Hersant, Thierry Escaich, Henri Dutilleux, Gyorgy Kurtag, Guillaume Connesson or Florentine Mulsant.
Lise Berthaud was born in 1982 and started studying the violin at the age of 5. She studied with Pierre-Henry Xuereb and Gérard Caussé at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and was a prize winner of the European Young Instrumentalists Competition in 2000. In 2005, she won the Hindemith Prize at the Geneva International Competition. She was short listed by the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2009 as “Révélation de l’Année” (Newcomer of the Year).
Lise plays a 1660 Antonio Casini viola, courtesy of Bernard Magrez.