Lisa Robertson is a composer from the West Highlands of Scotland, particularly interested in combining sounds from nature and traditional music; examining relationships between people and the land and highlighting environmental concerns.
Recently, she was featured in BBC Music Magazine's 'Rising Stars' column. Her music has been performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, EXAUDI, Red Note Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, Lucy Schaufer, and Heather Roche, among others. Her piece was also scheduled for a performance in 2020 by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard. Her music has appeared at festivals including Cheltenham Music Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Sound Festival and on BBC Radio 3. She also performed her own solo violin piece at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
She was shortlisted for the Scottish Awards for New Music Dorico Award for Small / Medium Scale Work in both 2019 and 2020, was joint-winner of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composers’ Competition and runner-up in the Cappella Nova Composers’ Competition and the Walter and Dinah Wolfe Memorial Award.
She is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Emily Doolittle and William Sweeney and has also gained influence from masterclasses with Brian Ferneyhough at the Ferienkurse Darmstadt, Sir Harrison Birtwistle at Dartington International Summer School, Sir James MacMillan and workshops with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Bozzini Quartet and Ligeti Quartet. She participated in the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain’s Young Composers Scheme 19/20.
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