Bowers Program Artist

Lise de la Salle


Lise de la Salle Photo credit: Lynn Goldsmith

Through acclaimed international concert appearances and award-winning Naïve recordings, Lise de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today's most exciting young artists and as a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity. Her playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe... the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.” Following appearances in 2017-18 with Fabio Luisi and the Dallas Symphony and a six-week U.S. recital tour, her coming seasons include appearances with the Atlanta, Austin, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Quebec, Rogue Valley, and Wichita symphonies. She will be heard in recital in Aspen, Atlanta, Ashland, and New Jersey and is also a member of The Bowers Program (formerly Chamber Music Society Two). A native of France, she first came to international attention in 2005, at the age of 16, with a Bach/Liszt recording that Gramophone magazine selected as Recording of the Month. Ms. de la Salle, who records for the Naïve label, was then similarly recognized in 2008, at the age of 20, for her recording of the first concertos of Liszt, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. Recent recordings offer works of Schumann and the complete works of Rachmaninov for piano and orchestra with Fabio Luisi and the Philharmonia Zurich. The 2017-18 season saw the release of Bach Unlimited.

In recent seasons, Ms. de la Salle was heard with leading symphonic ensembles in London, Paris, Munich, Tokyo, Baltimore, Detroit and Quebec, among others, with such esteemed conductors as Osmo Vanska and Douglas Boyd. Concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff demonstrated her fresh interpretations, compelling musicality, and dynamic pianism. A sought-after recitalist, she made her debut in the Chicago Symphony recital series. She has also captivated enthusiastic audiences and critics in major series in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto, and at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London, the Louvre in Paris, and colleges and universities around the country.

Ms. de la Salle also takes pleasure in educational outreach and conducts master classes in many of the cities in which she performs.

Her critically acclaimed Naïve CDs include an all-Chopin disc with a live recording of the Piano Concerto 2, Op. 21 with Fabio Luisi conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Four Ballades. In May 2011, Naïve issued her sixth recording, released in celebration of Liszt’s Bicentennial. The recording includes both original Liszt compositions, such as the Ballade No. 2 in b minor, Funerailles, and the Dante Sonata, as well as Liszt’s transcriptions of others’ pieces, such as Mozart’s Lacrymosa and Schubert’s Ständchen. Diapason Magazine named the album the "Diapason D'or," and it was the "Editor's Choice" in Gramophone Magazine, which stated that "...the wonderfully gifted 23-year-old Lise de la Salle gives us a Liszt recital of astonishing strength, poetry, and, for one so young, musical maturity."

Born in Cherbourg, France in 1988, Ms. de la Salle was surrounded by music from her earliest childhood. She began studying the piano at the age of four and gave her first concert at nine in a live broadcast on Radio-France. When she was eleven, Ms. de la Salle received special permission to enter the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique to study with Pierre Réach. At 13, she made her concerto debut with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Avignon, and her Paris recital debut at the Louvre before going on tour with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France playing Haydn’s Concerto in D Major. Ms. de la Salle graduated in 2001 and subsequently enrolled in the postgraduate cycle with Bruno Rigutto. Since 1997, she has worked closely with Pascal Nemirovski and studied with Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux.

In 2003, Ms. de la Salle won the European Young Concert Artists Auditions in Paris, and in 2004 she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. Later that year, the organization presented both her New York and Washington, D.C. debuts. At the Ettlingen International Competition in Germany, Ms. de la Salle won First Prize and the Bärenreiter Award. She has also won First Prize in many French piano competitions, including the Steinway, Sucy, Vulaines, and Radio-France Competitions. In 2003, she won the “Groupe Banque Populaire Natexis” Prize, for which she received a three-year scholarship.