Viola Masterclass with Lisa Grosman

In 2017 Melbourne Youth Orchestras has partnered with the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) to present our Masterclass Series. The series will comprise of four Masterclasses, each led by an AWO artist and focusing on different instruments and rehearsal techniques.

The next Masterclass of the series will focus on viola, featuring Lisa Grosman, member of the Australian World Orchestra. In this Masterclass, Lisa will guide students through key aspects of instrumental performance, in front of a live audience – both in person and online. Both live and online audiences will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Lisa on any aspects of viola performance.

Four viola students will workshop their chosen piece with Lisa and receive advice and personalised feedback. The Masterclass is an opportunity to gain a new perspective and a greater understanding of high quality performance and would perfectly complement a student’s preparation for VCE, AMEB and tertiary recitals. The event will conclude with a discussion about performance and further insights into string musicianship.

Date: Sunday 21 May 2017, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Venue: School of Music, The Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank 3006

Lisa Grosman

Australian violist, Lisa Grosman recently returned to live in Australia after 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. She has also performed at numerous chamber music festivals in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Italy.

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 was also one of the Irish representatives for Sistema Europe, and has attended El Sistema Conferences in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London and in Stirling (Scotland).

In addition to her position with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Lisa was also the solo violist with the contemporary music group “Crash Ensemble” for nine years. Considered to be one of Europe’s most innovative groups in terms of commissioning and programming, this involved working with artists such as Arvo Part, Steve Reich, Kevin Volans and Gavin Bryars.

Lisa has been an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and also worked closely for several years with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, both as a tutor and as a member of the audition panel.

Since her return to Australia, Lisa has been teaching at the University of Queensland, covering for Professor Patricia Pollett. She has been Guest Principal Viola of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Lisa also performed with Wilma Smith and Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the chamber music series “Wilma and Friends” at the Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2015 Lisa joined the The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, as Lecturer in Viola

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.

How to Take Part

  • As a performer. You will prepare and perform a 3 to 5 minute piece, receive feedback and be guided through ways to enhance your playing with Lisa Grosman. (4 places available). Apply here by 5pm Friday 28 April.
  • In the audience, in person. Attend in person to watch the Masterclass and participate in the Q+A. (limited places available). Register to attend hereFree
  • In the audience, online. Simply visit Here you will be able watch and listen to the Masterclass in high definition and submit your questions or comments using Facebook, twitter or by using our live chat window. Free.







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