'Musical mastery of this calibre is rarely heard' (Dutch Telegraph)
Dutch violin virtuoso Lisa 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 in 2006 and masterstudies June 2009, 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 studied for her Konzertexam, which she succesfully finished June 2009. This has been supported by the foundation Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
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.
Lisa has followed masterclasses with Thomas Brandis, Julian Rachlin, Sylvie Gazeau, Herman Krebbers, David Takeno, Nelli Shkollnikova, Philip Graffin and Maxim Vengerov, which was broadcasted on Dutch television.
She 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 Saint-Saens, Beethoven, Barber and Mozart concertos, including concert tours to Finland (debut), Turkey, Georgia and Germany.
November 2013, her debut cd with works by Franck and Ysaye will be released on Challenge Records International.