Lisa Friend

Flautist, Composer and Arranger


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British flautist, Lisa Friend commenced her studies in New York with flautist Renee Siebert of the New York Philharmonic. She was then awarded a flute Scholarship to study with Julius Baker at his summer school in Connecticut. At seventeen, Lisa won a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she studied with Susan Milan. Twice winner of the Martin Music Scholarship, this enabled her to study at the Paris Conservatoire with Alain Marion and Ida Ribera.

As a soloist, Lisa has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic and toured throughout the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, China and the USA. Notable solo appearances include a performance for Steven Spielberg after writing and performing a track for his foundation SHOAH, BBC ChildLine, House of Commons, soloist for the Bill Kenwright production - Music 2000, live recitals for Classic FM and Radio 3 a concert for Royal Family at Buckingham Palace as soloist with the late Yehudi Menuhin, soloist for the ‘Cinematic Classics’ series at the LG Arts Center-Korea, a performance in the Britten theatre with the late Sir George Solti, and performing alongside Liza Minnelli in aid of the White Rose Ball Holocaust Trust Fundraiser. Live television appearances have included Brandenburg 5th Concerto in Spain with her father the International Violinist, Rodney Friend. She has also given recitals for Middlesbrough Concert Series, St James’s Piccadilly, Leighton House, Stoke Park, an evening showcase at ‘The Forge’, St George’s Hall-Bradford Evening Recital Series and Derby Live Classical Season amongst numerous other performances.

After signing a deal with Universal Publishing, Lisa wrote original arrangements for her trio based on some of the great film scores as well as her own compositions, performing at venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John's Smith Square, and the British Embassy in Paris. As a soloist, Lisa recorded Ennio Morricone's 'Once upon a time in America' for Silver Screen Records with the Prague Philharmonic. She has also recorded a debut solo CD of romantic works entitled ‘Deep in my soul’ under the Signum Classic Label (released in 2012). She has also featured on a recording for 'Malcolm Martineau and friends' of songs by Poulenc with Signum Classics.

She has given masterclasses in Korea and the UK and runs an annual International flute masterclass in London (
Lisa is an Ambassador of the Princes Trust. She is also a 'Powell Artist'  and plays on a Verne Powell gold flute.
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Forthcoming Concert Highlights

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Wigmore Hall Lunchtime Recital of solo works for flute and piano (Feb 2015)
Mozart Concerto with the Oxford Philomusica (Jan 2015)
Arts Club - London Recital (June 2014)
Masterclasses & Concerts - Seoul, Korea
(11-18th May 2014)
Concertos by Bach & Vivaldi with the 'Virtuosi Pragenses Chamber Orchestra'-Smirice Easter Festival - Prague (April  2014)

Powell Flutes (US) Article on Lisa Friend (April 14')

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'Luminance' CD - Anna Stokes & Lisa Friend are superb flautists and here they turn their attention to predominantly French repertoire…..All in all a charming collection, beautifully played and recorded'
(Classic FM - Jan 2014)
" A beautiful performance played with great sensitivity and poise" - HRH Prince Charles
" British Flautist Lisa Friend is a gifted flautist to look out for"  - The Independent

" A bright temperament and a fluid technique distinguish this debut recital by the young British flautist 
Lisa Friend' - BBC Music Magazine

Mail On Sunday 19th January 2014
'Luminance' CD
18TH / 19TH JAN 2014

Latest Album

'Luminance' CD - 'And if the sound of one flute is attractive, the sound of two, played as well as they are here, is exhilarating' 

'Luminance' CD - 'Her concertino for solo flute and piano is full of good things, and brilliantly dispatched by Lisa'.

(David Mellor - Album of the Week - Mail on Sunday ★★★★★ - Jan 2014)

'..Beautiful Playing'
BBC Music Magazine (April 2014)

'Sweet-toned, superbly stylish performances all round from Lisa Friend and Anna Stokes, who enjoy alert support from Mark Kinkaid at the piano. Truthful, nicely balanced sound too.'

'Stand-out offerings elsewhere include Cecile Chaminade's ravishing Concertino ..'.
Andrew Aschenbach - Classical Ear 

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BBC Radio 2

BBC RADIO 2 will be airing a track from the NEW CD 'Luminance' on the Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding this coming Sunday 26th Jan 2013 just before 8am

BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio Broadcast of 'Luminance' CD on Clemency Burton Hill's Breakfast Show - Jan 14'

An extract from Lisa Friend's CD
'Deep in my Soul'
Deep in My Soul
Lisa Friend (Deep In My Soul)