Lisa Larsson, image by Max Keller

Meet the Musician: Lisa Larsson

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With composers’ writing pieces of music specifically for her, it’s no wonder that soprano Lisa Larsson is one of the biggest names in classical music, however she wasn’t always destined for a life of hitting high notes! Ready to make her Australian debut, Lisa is excited to stun audiences with the Australian premiere of Rolf Martinsson’s Ich denke Dein in the MSO’s upcoming program Rachmaninov 2.

I’m so pleased that I finally have the chance to meet Melbourne audiences! The repertoire for this performance is so exciting, and it’s such an honour to perform the Australian premiere of Martinsson’s Ich denke Dein, especially with the MSO. The piece has such a special place in my heart. It was written for me with my voice in mind, and since its premiere in 2015 it has been celebrated by orchestras and audiences across Europe, including Italy’s incredible La Verd Orchestra. I feel so fortunate that Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson wanted to write the piece. It shows me that music is what I am meant to be doing!

Growing up, I wanted to be ‘an orchestra’, ha! The town I grew up in was small, and located in southern Sweden. Throughout my childhood the local school’s marching band would walk through the town on a Saturday, performing wonderful pieces of music. My mother always tells stories of how this would excite me, and she recalls chasing after the band with me in a stroller one sunny Saturday afternoon. I kept telling strangers on the street that “I want to become an orchestra!”

I eventually started my music career as a flutist in Sweden, before moving to Switzerland after receiving a post-graduate scholarship to well-renowned music school Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. This school has obligatory singing lessons for every student, which was fantastic! After a year or so my singing teacher took me aside and said, “Lisa, you have to become a singer!” Initially I laughed. But then I realised that singing makes me happy because I love music, I love poetry, and I love how the two can be used to communicate emotions. It was for this reason that I, at the relatively mature age of 22, decided to take the chance and pursue a singing career.

I can’t wait to experience Melbourne (and Australia!) for the first time. The MSO is so fabulous, and I have so much respect for conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky. It’s going to be a wonderful night celebrating beautiful music!

For more information, and to buy tickets to MSO Plays Rachmaninov 2.