Lisa Dowdall – Viola d’Amore

Having studied in the UK, Holland, Limerick and Switzerland, Lisa returned to her hometown of Dublin to join the revolution in changing the attitude towards classical music in Ireland. Her career is focused on performing chamber music in all its forms from early music through classical to hardcore contemporary, experimenting with new musical genres, art forms and venues.

A member of Crash Ensemble, Lisa has performed internationally, with appearances in the last few years at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Royal Opera House (London), The Barbican (London), Carnegie Hall (NYC) The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC), Virginia Tech (Virginia), GAIDA Festival (Lithuania) and residencies at The Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival (UK) and Princeton University (NJ). Many well-known artists from diverse musical backgrounds have performed with the ensemble including Gavin Friday, Dawn Upshaw, Julie Feeney, Lisa Hannigan, Íarla Ó Lionáird (The Gloaming), Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Sam Amidon and Beth Orton. Crash have recordings on NMC, Cantaloupe, Nonesuch and Bedroom Community labels.

As a baroque violist Lisa performs with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Sestina, Resurgam and Cork Baroque Orchestra. On the viola d’amore Lisa has merged her baroque and contemporary experiences, working with composers, dancers, singer song writers and film scorers. You can hear Lisa give her first performance of Matthew Whiteside’s work for solo viola and electronics at Kaleidoscope Night this December.

An avid educator, Lisa teaches at The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Irish Youth Baroque
Orchestra and has worked with The Ark, National Concert Hall Primary Ensembles Project and will be performing with David Adams and Cora Lunny at the National Concert Hall in November with Classical Kids.