Beethoven: Violin Concerto, III
Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, II
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, I
“... with Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman bringing refined beauty and character to the solo part of the Bernstein [Serenade] ... the concert was nothing short of revelatory."
Budapest Festival Orchestra
NEW YORK TIMES
Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman is renowned for her passionate performances, superlative musicianship, and imaginative programming. Following her sensational performance with the Budapest Festival Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in 2013, she made her U.S. orchestral debut in 2015 with the Dallas Symphony and Jaap van Zweden, playing the Bernstein Serenade, the same work that inspired the New York Times reviewer to write “… with Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman bringing refined beauty and character to the solo part of the Bernstein … the concert was nothing short of revelatory.” During the following season, she made her San Francisco Symphony debut, playing a “signature” work, the Beethoven Violin Concerto, with Edwin Outwater.
Among Ms. Ferschtman’s recent concert highlights are performances of the complete solo works by Bach at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as playing and conducting the Beethoven Concerto at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. In the Americas last season, she made her debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony, performing the Barber Violin Concerto, and appeared with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. For the Bernstein Centennial season, she returns to the U.S. to make her debut with the Omaha Symphony under Thomas Wilkins, playing the Bernstein Serenade.
Worldwide, Liza Ferschtman has performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bergen Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, Essen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique/Brussels, Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais/Brazil, Nuremberg Symphony, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Prague, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar, Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, and the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, as well as virtually every orchestra in The Netherlands, including numerous appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Among the conductors with whom she has collaborated are Stephan Blunier, Martyn Brabbins, Frans Brüggen, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Iván Fischer, Claus Peter Flor, Neeme Järvi, the late Yakov Kreizberg, Zdenek Mácal, Jun Märkl, Ludovic Morlot, Gianandrea Noseda, Arild Remmereit, Leonard Slatkin, Thomas Søndergård, Marc Soustrot, Jac van Steen, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Otto Tausk, Christian Vásquez, Mario Venzago, Jan Willem de Vriend, and Jaap van Zweden.
An avid chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Ferschtman collaborates regularly with Jonathan Biss, Nobuko Imai, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Christian Poltera, Lars Anders Tomter, and Alisa Weilerstein; she counts among her duo partners, pianists Enrico Pace and Inon Barnatan. She has performed at venues such as Alice Tully Hall/New York, the Library of Congress/Washington, Wigmore Hall/London, Musikverein/Vienna, Liederhalle/Stuttgart, and Beethoven Haus in Bonn. She returns to Wigmore Hall this season with pianist Roman Rabinovich, with whom she has performed in the Chamber Music San Francisco series. Since 2007, Ms. Ferschtman has been the Artistic Director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival. During her tenure, the festival has become widely renowned for its adventurous programming and dynamic performances by artists from around the globe.
Liza Ferschtman's recording of the Beethoven Concerto and Romances was reviewed with great critical acclaim, as were other recordings with concertos by Dvorák and Röntgen, solo works by Bach and Ysaÿe, and duo works by Beethoven and Schubert. Her most recent albums for Challenge Classics include works for solo violin by Bach, Biber, Bartók and Berio, and an all-Mendelssohn CD of the Violin Concerto and the Octet for Strings.
The daughter of Russian musicians, Ms. Ferschtman began playing the violin at the age of five. One of her earliest important influences was a close family friend, violinist Philipp Hirschhorn. She received her formal training at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Herman Krebbers, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Ida Kavafian, and with David Takeno in London. In 2006, she received the Dutch Music Prize, the highest accolade awarded to a musician in The Netherlands.