“Jacobs’s exultant phrasing and captivating sonority reaching new heights” (The Strad, UK)
“Sensual allure in Jacobs’s deeply felt, beguilingly phrased readings” (BBC Music Magazine, UK)
“Magisterial authority and tonal splendor” (Fanfare magazine, USA)
“Musical mastery of this calibre is rarely heard” (Dutch Telegraph)
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 highly 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 top 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 collaborated with amongst others Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Brussels Philharmonic, Bremer Philharmoniker, 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, Metropole Orchestra and respected conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Chailly, Jurjen Hempel, Massimo Quarta, Dirk Brossé, Juozas Domarkas, 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.
This years engagements include concerts with the Bruch, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Locatelli and Vivaldi concertos, including concert tours to France, Spain, Norway, Germany and of course The Netherlands.
November 2013, her debut cd with works by Franck and Ysaye was highly successfully released on Challenge Records International. Her Locatelli Violin Concertos album (2016) was not only awarded Cum Laude by Classic FM, but also chosen as Best Album by Luister magazine and highly praised by the international press.
Future recordings will include music by Paganini and Nielsen.
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 masterstudies, 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 enrichment was achieved in several lessons with Thomas Brandis, Herman Krebbers, David Takeno, Nelli Shkollnikova, Julian Rachlin, Philip Graffin and Maxim Vengerov.
Lisa Jacobs is very honored to be chosen as one of Pirastro’s artists since September 2017.