"...Lisa Friend is a remarkable flautist....She plays most beautifully..."(David Mellor - Classic FM - Cinema Affair CD)
"...Her concertino for solo flute and piano is full of good things, and brilliantly dispatched by Lisa..." Luminance-Solo & Duo Works for flute & piano CD(David Mellor)
"...A terrific collection of flute music..."(CLASSIC FM)
Recent Highlights 2016/2017:
2016 CD Release "Cinema Affair" with the City of Prague Philharmonic (Silva Screen Records) - Classic FM UK Album of the Week (June 2016) - Classic FM Netherlands Album of the Week (August 2016)
December 15, 2016: Debut: Flute Soloist at Cadogan Hall, London (broadcast on Classic FM on Christmas Eve)
January 6, 2017: Interview with Suzy Klein, BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' program.
January 2017 CD release: Mozart Flute Quartets Brodsky Quartet/Lisa Friend, solo flute (Chandos label)
Classic FM Netherlands Album of the week 29th Jan 2017 Lisa Friend / Brodsky Quartet - Mozart Quartets - (Chandos Records)
Lisa Friend (Flautist) has appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Prague Philharmonic, Virtuosi Pragenses Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic and has toured throughout much of Europe, Asia and the USA.
She has recorded as a solo artist for Silva Screen, Universal, Chandos, Champs Hill and Signum Records. Her latest solo CD, ‘Cinema Affair’ with the City of Prague Philharmonic (Silva Screen - Released 2016) was chosen as Classic FM ‘Album of the Week’ in the UK (June 16’) and Netherlands (August 16’).
In 2014, her CD entitled 'Luminance' - Solo and duo works for flute and piano – Lisa Friend, Anna Stokes (Flutes) & Mark Kinkaid (Piano) was chosen as 'Classic FM' CD of the Weekend, David Mellor's Album of the Week (5 Star Review) in the 'Mail on Sunday' and aired on BBC Radio 3, BBC London, BBC Radio 2, Classic FM and RTE Lyric FM.
Notable solo appearances include performances for Steven Spielberg and his foundation 'USC SHOAH', ‘Children & the Arts 10th Anniversary Concert’ at Cadogan Hall hosted by Classic FM, Wigmore Hall solo recital, live recitals for Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and a recital for the ‘Cinematic Classics’ series at the LG Arts Center-South Korea. Other highlights include performances with the late Yehudi Menuhin at Buckingham Palace, the late Sir George Solti and alongside Liza Minnelli in aid of the White Rose Ball Fundraiser. Live television appearances have included Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in Spain with her father the international violinist, Rodney Friend.
Lisa spent her early years growing up in America where she studied with Renee Siebert of the New York Philharmonic. At 17, she won a scholarship to study with Susan Milan at the Royal College of Music and continued her postgraduate studies as a 'Martin Music Scholar' with the late Alain Marion of the Paris Conservatoire.
She has given masterclasses in South Korea and the UK, and runs an annual International flute masterclass in London, ‘The Friend Flute Academy London’. She is also an Ambassador to the Prince's Trust, Children & the Arts and is a Powell Artist USA. Lisa plays on a Verne Powell gold flute
Her forthcoming CD release (2017) features a disc of the Mozart Flute Quartets with the Brodsky Quartet (Chandos Records). www.lisafriend.com