Lisa Robertson is a composer from the West Highlands of Scotland, particularly interested in combining sounds from nature and folk music; examining relationships between people and the land and highlighting environmental concerns.
Recently, she was featured in BBC Music Magazine's 'Rising Stars' column and her pieces were scheduled for performances including by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard and Nordic Viola. Previously, her music has been performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Red Note Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, Cappella Nova, Rolf Hind, Lucy Schaufer, and Huw Watkins, among others, and at festivals including Cheltenham Music Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Sound Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and on BBC Radio 3 as well as performing her own solo violin piece at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2019. She is currently a Young Composer with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in collaboration with NMC recordings and the PRS Foundation.
Awards include shortlisted for the Scottish Awards for New Music Dorico Award for Small / Medium Scale Work in 2019 and 2020, 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 Bill 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.
[Ben Tomlin Photography]