July Master Class Series: Lisa Dowdall, viola
We are delighted to announce a short series of masterclasses open to Irish students this July. While the nation gradually emerges from restrictions, we are pleased to be able to offer these remote masterclasses with exceptional Irish musicians.
Each masterclass will be live streamed on the National Concert Hall’s Youtube, and there will be an opportunity for you to ask all your burning questions to each of the musicians at the end of each of the masterclasses.
Irish violist Lisa Dowdall has performed as a chamber musician, recitalist, and in chamber orchestras throughout Europe, the United States, South America, Australia and Asia.
An innovative and versatile musician, Lisa has focused her career on chamber music in all its forms from early music through classical to hardcore contemporary, experimenting with new musical genres, art forms and venues.
As a member of the acclaimed Crash Ensemble, she has collaborated with artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Sam Amidon and Laurie Anderson and has premiered works written for the ensemble by Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Nico Muhly and Donnacha Dennehy. Crash Ensemble can be heard on recordings by labels NMC, Cantaloupe, Nonesuch and Bedroom Community.
Lisa’s passion for authentic performance has led her to explore the world of the baroque viola and viola d’amore, performing and recording with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Marsyas, Spackling Band, Sestina and Resurgam. On the viola d’amore Lisa has merged her baroque and contemporary experiences, collaborating with composers, poets, dancers, singer songwriters and film scorers.