Violinist Lisa Liu began her musical studies on the piano with her mother, a professional opera singer, at the age of 4. She fell in love with the violin at the age of 8 and continued her studies on both instruments, equally, until college. Her primary teacher, for 7 years, was the world-renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School, where Lisa received a Pre-College Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance. Upon graduating, her musical interests took a shift, and her mentor, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, guided her through alternative fiddling styles. While still in New York, Lisa played in hip-hop bands, dance clubs, a Middle-Eastern/Indian influenced ensemble, Violet Samudra, and was drawn to almost anything non-traditional to her classical upbringing.
In 2010, Lisa moved to Los Angeles to be closer to her family. Her broad musical interests have led her to perform with the Gorillaz and Duran Duran at Coachella; to perform a piece written for her by Nico Muhly with the Los Angeles Dance Project at Disney Hall; to play the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Southwest Symphony; to collaborate with groundbreaking artist, Our Lady J. She served as concertmaster for shows The Voice, X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, Underground, and frequently performs as concertmaster for The Legend of Zelda Symphony, a nationally touring video game orchestra.
As a string arranger, Lisa works closely with songwriters and composers to create a unique string sound with her arsenal of electric 5-string violins, violas, and a baritone violin. She is the composer for Evil Orchid Games, a new company currently working on two games. Last year, she toured the states with electronic group, Above and Beyond, and also assembled an orchestra for their sold-out performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
Lisa's good fortune as a Hollywood studio violinist has allowed her to play on numerous TV shows and films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Deadpool, Fate of the Furious, Transformers 5, Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Empire and The Secret Life of Pets.