Liza Ferschtman, Violin

Biography

Renowned for her strong musical personality and versatility, Liza Ferschtman has been praised in The New York Times for the ‘laserlike intensity, purity and refined beauty of her playing’.
Since winning the Dutch Music Award in 2006, she has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and Brussels Philharmonic. A passionate chamber musician who regularly appears in the world’s greatest recital halls, Liza Ferschtman has also been Artistic Director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival from 2007 to 2019.
Liza Ferschtman has an impressive discography for Challenge Classics which includes concertos by Beethoven, Dvořák, Mendelssohn and Korngold, Bernstein’s Serenade, and several recital CDs. Her recordings have consistently received glowing reviews in the international press.
Liza Ferschtman studied with Philip Hirschhorn and Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam, Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music and David Takeno in London.

Calendar
Repertoire

Please note: This repertoire list is for reference only. The choice of repertoire for a particular project remains at the artist’s discretion.

Concertos with orchestra

Alban Berg

Violin Concerto "To the Memory of an Angel"

Alexander Glazunov

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Alphons Diepenbrock

Hymne

Antonin Dvorak

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for 2 violins in D minor
Concerto for four violins in B minor, RV 580

Béla Bartók

Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Camille Saint-Saëns

Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor for Violin and orchestra
Havanaise, Op. 83

Carlos Michans

Sinfonia Concertante for violin and cello

Dirk Brosse

Sophia symphonic poem for violin and orchestra

Dmitry Shostakovich

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

Ernest Bloch

Violin Concerto

Ernest Chausson

Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21

Felix Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano and String orchestra

Hans Henkemans

Concerto

Henri Vieuxtemps

Concerto no 4
Concerto no 5

Igor Stravinsky

Violin Concerto in D Major

Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042
Double Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Triple Concerto for Three Violins, BW 1064 in D Major

Johannes Brahms

Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Josef Suk

Fantasie in G minor Op. 24

Julius Röntgen

Suite for Violin and Stringorchestra

Leonard Bernstein

Serenade for Violin and strings

Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto for Violin og Orchestra in D Major, op. 61

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Violin Concerto no. 2, d minor, Op. 44

Pablo de Sarasate

Carmen Fantasie Op. 25

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Sergej Prokofiev

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major, KV 364 for Violin and Viola
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, KV 216
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, KV 218
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, KV 219
Pieces for Violin and Piano. Pieces for Solo Violin

Alexander Comitas

4 pieces for violin and piano

Arcangelo Corelli

La Folia

Béla Bartók

Violin Sonata No. 1, Sz 75

Ernest Bloch

Nigun

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Johannes Brahms

Violin Sonata No.1 in G Major, Op. 78
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Sonatensatz "Scherzo"

Ludwig van Beethoven

Romance in F Major for violin and orchestra, Op. 50
Romance in G Major, Op. 40
Violin Sonatas complete

Richard Danielpour

As night falls on Barjeatane
Review
When she played the piece seemed to expanded to a larger size
Haaretz
Sun, 2006-01-01
“The hallmark of this concert in Rishon Le’zion yesterday was its soloist, Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman. Thanks to her it was possible again to realize that there is no such thing as an ‘over-played’ piece; that music is thing with life of its-own, and always relevant even after the thousandth time; and that one does not need to be “original” and to invent a new ‘interpretation’ to a piece in order to bring it to life. Ferschtman played the Tchaikovsky violin concerto - no question a well known piece, and having seen many great performances. And still, in a hall in a mall in Rishon, far away from the music centers of the world and even further from 19th century Moscow, this piece rose and got new life. It’s hard to point at what exactly made that happen, the clear sound of the young soloist, who managed to bring beauty to even the most screechy moments of the concerto, or her clean intonation, which was achieved with her unbelievably quick left hand, or her winning personality. Probably all of the above, and especially her ability to play with authenticity, and not to be afraid of taking time. When she played the piece seemed to expanded to a larger size than it’s normal size, having all the time in the world. “
Tchaikovsky Violin concerto
Limburgs Dagblad
Wed, 2006-02-01
“Her vision of the Tchaikovsky Violin concerto is by no means ordinary. Besides her virtuoso playing, its lyricism was particularly striking, getting everything there was out of the melodic passages. (…..) the beginning of the slow movement, in particular, was so beautiful you could cry.”
Liza Ferschtman
Telegraaf
Wed, 2006-03-01
“The world at Ferschtmans feet”
Youthful Power and Brilliance
Bergens Tidende
Thu, 2009-05-14
The soloist Liza Ferschtman stepped in on short notice instead of Vilde Frang. The young Dutch violinist has played in the Risør Festival in Norway earlier, but this was her first meeting with Bergen. Beethoven's Concerto for violin and orchestra demands maturity and musicality andit was a great surprise to hear this young and gifted violinist. Her playing was brilliant, it glowed and had presence, and it with her intense and dynamic expression it was clear that Liza Ferschtman feels close to Beethoven.
Ferschtman Owned the Stage - and Made the Music Her Own
Norrköpings Tidningar
Tue, 2009-09-15
She is young and musically gifted, just like so many others, but Liza Ferschtman has something special. Although Sibelius Violin Concerto is performed frequently, she succeeded in making the music her own. Already from the first note she expressed empathy, intensity and variation, without exaggerating or slacking. Ferschtman is very much appreciated by the Norrköping audience and will certainly win further fame for her charming style and great musicianship.
Hats Off!
Parool
Fri, 2010-02-05
Hats off, caps off, fezzes off, any headgear off for violinists who dare take on the sonatas and partitas of Johann ­Sebastian Bach and the sonatas of her twentieth century Belgian musical successor, Eugène Ysaÿe. And even more hats, caps and fezzes off for violinists who are so skilled that the listener forgets that she takes gigantic technical leaps to be able to create music that is nigh impossible to play. We do not have enough hats, caps and fezzes for the fearless Dutch violinist, Liza Ferschtman. In her second CD for the Challenge label, her rendition of Bach's Sonata no. 1 and Partita no. 3, and Ysaÿe's Sonata no.2 are simply heavenly. Just the opening arpeggio in Bach's Sonata no. 1 alone you want to listen to a hundred times, let alone the rest of the CD. Pure poetry. Has it ever been so beautifully played? And Ferschtman maintains this incredible quality throughout the whole CD. The fugues are clear, the tone is always perfect, and the musical depth, with its constant secretive melancholy, cannot be compared. Ysaÿe's Sonata, that starts with a citation from Bach and is drenched with the Dies Irae motif, as the finale, is utterly spectacular. Buy it. Erik Voermans
Beethoven, Violinconcerto and Romances
NRC Handelsblad by Mischa Spel
Fri, 2010-11-12
**** 4 stars After releasing her highly praised solo-cd at the beginning of this year Liza Ferschtman has now chosen for the “real” firm repertoire. This recording has to withstand the comparison with all the other giants in the violin world. That is what you might think. But in reality you have the feeling that you hear something completely new when you listen tot the interpretation of Ferschtman and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Ferschtman plays the Violin concerto in a style that clearly fits the Orchestra’s playing, that inspired and stimulated towards a authentic classical performance under the baton of Jan Willem de Vriend: spontaneous, daring, gracious. (...) Also the interaction between Ferschtman and the orchestra at the beginning of the Rondo sounds notable fresh, playful and equivalent. As well as the Romanze G major: it sounds refreshing: contemplative, and pleasantly light. The rather long and almost never heard cadenza (composed by Beethoven for the piano version of his concerto and “re-edited” by Wolfgang Schneiderhan for violin and timpani) underlines the feeling that this is a performance which truly adds something to the numerous recordings that already exist.
Constantly Illuminating
Gramophone
Fri, 2011-04-01
These are fine, thoughtful performances, noteworthy in several respects. The balance between orchestra and violin is very natural, giving the soloist no special advantage; this, and the fact that the wind instruments are given a particularly prominent profile, imparts an unusual but not unwelcome perspective. The passage in the Concerto's first movement where the violin soars aloft over a soft string accompaniment and where most violinists slow right down, is here played, most delicately, at a speed closer to the basic tempo - and we can hear with unusual clarity the horns intoning the opening drum motif. And when the key-changes and the timpani, along with trumpets, reclaim the motif, the effect is magical. Liza Ferschtman chooses for her first-movement cadenza the adaptation by Wolfgang Schneiderhan of Beethoven's cadenza for his arrangement of the work as a piano concerto. It is not easy to bring off this wonderful piece on the violin, but, aided by the NSO's timpanist, Peter Prommer, she succeeds triumphantly. I also warm to her playing of the finale - not as fast as Thomas Zehetmair but tremendously spirited - and, throughout the programme, the the way the orchestra matches her clear, unfussy phrasing. In both Concerto and Romances, Ferschtman's tempi are almost identical to Christian Tetzlaff's..... It's almost impossible to give a top recommendation for such often-recorded music but Ferschtman's interpretation is constantly illuminating. Duncan Druce Beethoven Violin Concerto and Romances No. 1 and No. 2. Conductor: Jan Willem de Vriend, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Refined Beauty
The New York Times
Tue, 2013-01-22
Concert with Budafest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer at Avery Fisher Hall, New York "But with the Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman bringing refined beauty and character to the solo part of the Bernstein..... the concert was nothing short of revelatory." "Ms. Ferschtman brought laserlike purity and intensity to Bernsteins Serenade, which was conceived as a five-part Platonic dialogue in praise of love. Her sound was melting and lustrous in the long phrases of the first movement, Phaedrus, and alluringly veiled in Aristophanes. In the fast spiccato passages of Erixymachus it showed satisfying bite". By CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM
Discography
Liza Ferschtman, violin & Bas Verheijden, piano
Franck / Poulenc / Tchaikovsky / Stravinsky / Debussy / Shostakovich. With Bas Verheijden, piano
Schubert - Beethoven Works for piano and violin
Beethoven / Schubert With Inon Barnatan, piano
Works for Solo Violin
J.S. Bach and E. Ysaÿe
Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Romances
Liza Ferschtman (violin) Netherlands Symphony Orchestra Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor) Challenge Classics CC 72384
Dvorak Violin Concerto
Conductor: Mario Venzago
Kodaly, Ravel, Schulhoff: Duos for Violin & Cello
Liza Ferscthman Violin Dmitry Fersctman, Cello
Julius Röntgen: Violin Concertos
Press Service

Credit: Marco Borggreve

Credit: Marco Borggreve

Credit: Marco Borggreve

Credit: Marco Borggreve

Credit: Marco Borggreve

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