Lisa Friend started the flute aged five. At sixteen she studied 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 seventeen, Lisa won a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music. Twice winner of the Martin Music Scholarship enabled her to study at the Paris Conservatoire with Alain Marion and Ida Ribera.
As soloist, Lisa has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic and toured throughout the UK, France, Germany, Japan, China and the USA. Other solo appearances include BBC ChildLine, a concert for the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace as a soloist with the late Yehudi Menuhin, the Britten theatre with the late Sir George Solti and for Steven Spielberg after writing and performing a track for his foundation SHOAH. Lisa was also soloist for the Bill Kenwright production Music 2000. She has given live recitals for Classic FM and Radio 3. Live television has included Brandenburg 5th Concerto in Spain with her father the International violinist Rodney Friend.
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. James’s Piccadilly, St. John’s Smith Square and the British Embassy in Paris. Lisa recorded as soloist Ennio Morricone’s ‘Once upon a time in America’ for Silver Screen Records with the Prague Philharmonic.
Lisa plays on a Verne Powell Gold Flute.