Lisa Friend

Flautist, Composer and Arranger


British flautist, Lisa Friend has gained recognition as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist.

As a soloist, Lisa has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic, Virtuosi Pragenses Chamber Orchestra (As a soloist in the Smirice Easter Festival-Prague), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and has toured throughout the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, China and the USA.

She has recorded for labels including Universal, Silva Screen, Champs Hill and Signum Records -  (Deep In My Soul - Solo CD.  She has also featured on a recording for Malcolm Martineau and friends of songs by Poulenc)

Lisa recently released a CD entitled 'Luminance - Solo & Duo Works for flute and piano' – Lisa Friend, Anna Stokes (Flutes) & Mark Kinkaid (Piano) under Champs Hill Records (Jan 2014 Release). Their CD was chosen as 'Classic FM CD of the Week' (Jan 2014), David Mellor's Album of the Week (5 Star Review) in the 'Mail on Sunday' (Jan 2014) and aired on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, Classic FM and RTE Lyric FM.

Notable solo appearances include Lisa Friend's track 'Deep in my Soul' for Steven Spielberg (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, Wigmore Hall solo recital, a concert for the 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 Concerto No.5 in Spain with her father the international violinist Rodney Friend.

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.

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 Korea and the UK, and runs an annual international flute masterclass in London ‘The Friend Flute Academy London’.

Lisa Friend - Ambassador of the Princes Trust

Lisa Friend - Powell Artist

Lisa Friend is delighted to be a 'Powell Artist'  and plays on a Verne Powell gold flute.

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

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Forthcoming Concert

                     Weds 22nd April 2015 6pm - 7pm
Powell Artist Concert  - London in collaboration with 'Verne Powell Flutes USA' & All Flutes Plus  - Recital with Lisa Friend, Paul Edmund Davies & Adam Walker.

Latest Album

Mail On Sunday Jan  2014
'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 
'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