Born in Hamburg, Lisa Weiss began studying the violin with Prof. Eberhard Feltz and Michael Mücke at the Hanns Eisler College of Music in Berlin. Following her orchestral diploma and additional string quartet studies, she took her teacher's diploma and MA in music performance with Prof. Sebastian Hamann and Prof. Isabel Deplazes-Charisius in Lucerne. Lisa Weiss won prizes at national level in the German «Jugend musiziert» competition and the international TROMP competition for string quartet, and in Lucerne was awarded the bursary of the Strebi-Erni Foundation and a scholarship from the Dreilinden Conservatory Society. In 2003 she premiered the violin concerto «Triptychon» dedicated to her by the composer Wolfram Lucke.
However, her true passion is chamber music, for the sake of which she switched to the viola near the end of her studies. She is a founding member of the ten-strong Ensemble Sherazade and of the Opus Five Quintet (together with the mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore), and in the Orphelian Quartet she devotes herself to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century performance practice.
Lisa Weiss moreover regularly performs as principal in the Camerata Schweiz and the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, and has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Strings since 2012.
How did you become a member of the Lucerne Festival Strings?
«I came to Lucerne to study in 2006. The Lucerne Festival Strings cannot be missed there. For me, the orchestra represents what is special about the city of Lucerne: a sense of aesthetic tradition, Swiss quality standards, individuality, personal commitment and international festival culture.
A temporary engagement as violinist and violist gave me the opportunity to get to know the ensemble, and my decision to switch to the viola permanently has partly to do with the orchestra and its viola section.»