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 17, Lisa gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she studied with Susan Milan. Having won the Martin Music Scholarship twice enabled Lisa to study at the Paris Conservatoire with Alain Marion and Ida Ribera.
As a soloist, Lisa has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic, Virtuosi Pragenses Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and has 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 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. She has also given recitals for Middlesbrough Concert Series, St James', 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 recorded a debut solo CD of romantic works entitled Deep in my soul under the Signum Classics label. 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 and is delighted to be working alongside and supporting such a worthy cause. She plays on a Verne Powell gold flute.