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Pianist Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt is heralded for her “intense music-making and pianism”. She has been performing with the National Symphony Orchestra for the past 25 years. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees, Ms. Emenheiser is a past winner of the “Young Artist in Recital” and “National Arts Club” competitions.

A native of Washington, D.C., Ms Emenheiser began her piano studies at the age of four and made her debut at the age of seventeen performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

Ms. Emenheiser has performed in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and has appeared in concerts at the National Gallery, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center and the embassies of France, Austria, Germany, Britain, Slovenia, and Spain. As described by the New York Times, Lisa “played the piano dazzingly” and by the Washington Post, she “shimmered and beguiled, shifting easily between virtuosity and transparency.” Ms. Emenheiser has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony, the McLean Orchestra, and was a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center’s Piano 2000 Festival. She was also a soloist for the Kennedy Center’s “Journey to America” Festival, and the NSO’s Composer Portrait: Mozart.

She has performed under the batons of some of the world’s most distinguished conductors, including Maestros Eschenbach, Rostropovich, Solti, Slatkin, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Jarvi, Maazel, and has been rehearsal pianist for many of the soloists who performed with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Lisa is an established chamber musician, and appears regularly with musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra. She may be heard on numerous chamber recitals and Kennedy Center Millennium performances. Recently Lisa shared the stage with Christoph Eschenbach as part of the Kennedy Center’s Iberian Festival. She has performed with many extraordinary soloists, including Phillipe Quint, Julius Baker, Eugenia Zukerman, Ransom Wilson, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, as well as with principal members of the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in solo and chamber performances across the United States, as well as internationally, including performances in London, Manchester, Berne, Haifa, Nice, Mexico City, Zagreb and Ljubljana. Ms Emenheiser has performed in both national and international summer music festivals, including Aspen, Hidden Valley, Strings in the Mountains, Snake River Chamber Players, Penn-Alps, Garth Newell, Masterworks, and L’Academie Internationale d’ete de Nice. Her vast orchestral performances are equally as extensive, including tours of Europe, and American residencies in Alaska, Maine, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Texas, Alabama, Vermont, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and West Virginia.

Lisa also is an avid performer of contemporary music. She is pianist for the 21st Century Consort in Washington, D.C., where she has premiered works by Stephen Albert, Nicholas Maw, Eugene O’Brien, David Froom, Donald Crockett, and many others. She is a founding member of Opus 3 Trio with violinist Charles Wetherbee and cellist David Hardy. The Opus 3 Trio has commissioned, premiered and recorded many new works and has performed to critical acclaim across the country. Additionally, Lisa was featured on national television as an expert artist commentator and performer in the PBS documentary entitled “Exploring Your Brain” in which she performed Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1 and discussed the topic of memory with Garrick Utley.

Ms. Emenheiser has recorded for the Bridge, Decca, Pro Arte, Naxos, VAI Audio, Centaur, Arabesque, Delos, AUR, Jubal House, and Cascades labels.

A committed teacher, Lisa holds a private studio in her home and has represented the NSO in numerous masterclasses and cultural exchange liaisons.

 
Studio Location
Sterling, Virginia
 
Phone
(703) 404-2380
 

 
Website
www.lisaemenheiser.com