Liza Ferschtman

Liza Ferschtman – violinist

Renowned for her strong musical personality and the versatility of her musicianship, which combines powerful dynamism and intense lyricism, Liza Ferschtman has been praised in the international musical press, with The New York Times describing her as ‘nothing short of revelatory’, and referring to the ‘laserlike intensity, purity and refined beauty of her playing’, while The Guardian commended her ‘vivacious musical personality’ and ‘lovely lyrical quality’.

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Since winning the Dutch Music Award, the most distinguished prize for Dutch musicians, in 2006, Liza has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s top orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and Brussels Philharmonic, collaborating with conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Iván Fischer, Stéphane Denève, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jun Märkl, Frans Brüggen, Neeme Järvi, Otto Tausk, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Thomas Søndergård. Liza Ferschtman is also a passionate chamber musician and a popular guest at festivals and concert venues throughout the world; since 2007 she has been artistic director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival. Her chamber music partners include Elisabeth Leonskaja, Jonathan Biss, Alisa Weilerstein, Christian Poltéra, Julius Drake, Martin Roscoe, Nobuko Imai, Lars Anders Tomter, Marie Luise Neunecker, Sharon Kam and Amihai Grosz.

The 2019-20 season includes her debut with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as well as concerto performances with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Het gelders Orkest and the Nertherlands Philharmonic in Europe, while North and Central American performances include the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony and Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco. The season also includes recital tours with Enrico Pace and performances of the Schubert piano trios with Elisabeth Leonskaja and István Várdai / Jakob Koranyi in venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Musikverein Wien, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.

Liza Ferschtman has an impressive discography. Her CDs for Challenge Classics feature violin concertos by Beethoven, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Korngold and Bernstein (Serenade). She has also recorded chamber music on CD, including Mendelssohn’s Octet, works by Schubert and Beethoven performed with Inon Barnatan and the Kodaly, Ravel and Schulhoff duos performed with her father, the cellist Dmitri Ferschtman. Her most recent CD of the Bernstein Serenade and Korngold Concerto received wide critical acclaim, including five stars in Fono Forum and ‘Album of the Month’ in die Welt. Her earlier CD of solo works by Bach and Ysaÿe was chosen as ‘CD of the Month’ by The Strad.

The daughter of prominent musicians, Liza grew up in a musical environment in Amsterdam and as a young child she was soon taking her first violin lessons from the legendary violinist and family friend Philip Hirschhorn. After his death she studied with Herman Krebbers, Ida Kavafian at the celebrated Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and David Takeno in London.

January 2020


Nicolas Papageorgiou (Artist Manager)


Bernstein: Serenade (finale)
Het Gelders Orkest, Christian Vasquez (Jan 2018)
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda (Apr 2017)
Barber: Violin Concerto (finale)
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Stilian Kirov (Oct 2016)
Trio concert with Elisabeth Leonskaja and István Várdai
Wigmore Hall, 2019
JS Bach: Sonata no.3 (adagio),
with Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord (June 2016)
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
Delft Festival, 2016


Solo Works with Orchestra
      • Adès, Thomas

    Violin Concerto ‘Concentric Paths’

      • Bach, Johann Sebastian

    Concertos in E and in A minor
    Double Concerto in D minor
    Concerto for 3 Violins

      • Barber

    Violin Concerto, Op.14

      • Bartok

    Concerto No. 1

      • Beethoven

    Concerto in D, op. 61
    Romances No. 1 and No. 2

      • Berg

    Violin Concerto
    Kammerkonzert for Piano and Violin with 13 wind instruments

      • Bernstein


      • Bloch

    Violin Concerto

      • Brahms

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
    Double Concerto

      • Britten

    Violin Concerto

      • Dirk Brosse

    Sophia (Symphonic Poem for Violin and Orchestra), 2001

      • Bruch

    Concertos in D and in G minor

      • Dvořák

    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

      • Glazunov

    Violin Concerto

      • J. Haydn

    Violin Concerto in C

      • M. Haydn

    Violin Concerto A

      • Henkemans

    Concerto, 1950

      • Hindemith

    Kammermusik No. 4

      • Korngold

    Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

      • Mendelssohn

    Violin Concertos in E minor and D minor
    Double Concerto in D minor for Violin and Piano

      • Mozart

    Violin Concertos No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5
    Sinfonia Concertante

      • Piazzola

    The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arr. L. Desyatnikov for Violin and String Orchestra)

      • Prokofiev

    Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2

      • Ravel


      • J. Röntgen

    Suite for Violin and String Orchestra
    Violin Concertos in A minor and F minor

      • Saint-Saëns

    Violin Concerto No. 3
    Havanaise Op. 83
    Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso

      • Sarasate

    Zigeunerweisen Op. 20 (Gipsy airs)

      • Sibelius

    Violin Concerto
    Humoresques Op. 87 and Op. 89

      • Shostakovich

    Violin Concerto No. 1
    Violin Concerto No.2

      • Schnittke

    Concerto grosso No.6

      • Schubert

    Rondo in A with String Orchestra

      • Stravinsky

    Violin Concerto

      • Suk

    Fantasie For Violin & Orchestra in G minor, Op.24

      • Szymanowski

    Violin Concerto No. 2

      • Takemitsu

    Nostalgia for Violin and String Orchestra

      • Tchaikovsky

    Violin Concerto
    Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher, Op. 42 (arr. A. Lascae with String Orchestra)
    Sérénade mélancholique in B minor, Op. 26 (for Violin and Orchestra)

      • Vieuxtemps

    Violin Concertos No. 4 and No. 5

      • Vivaldi

    Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor
    Concerto for 4 Violins
    The Four Seasons

      • De Vries

    Violin Concerto, 2007

      • Wieniawski

    Fantasie brillante on a Theme from Gounod’s Faust, Op. 20
    Polonaise brillante Nr. 1 in D, Op. 4




Useful links

Brinks Artist Management (management for BeNeLux)

Schmidt Artists International (management for the Americas)

Liza Ferschtman’s website

Challenge Records

Delft Chamber Music Festival