As a testament to his exceptional versatility, David Lisker has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer in many of today’s most prestigious concert halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall, The Mann Auditorium in Israel, The Orange County Performing Arts Center in California, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and The Shanghai Theatre in China. Mr. Lisker has also performed on the live PBS television broadcast of “Live from Lincoln Center”, recorded and interviewed for Bob Sherman’s “Young Artist Showcase” on WQXR in New York, and was the only violinist ever to be featured on David Dubal’s “Piano Matters” on WWFM Radio.
Recent highlights include artist-in-residencies at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, the Guadalajara University School of Music in Mexico, and the Summertime Music Festival in Latvia. Mr. Lisker performed at the Casa De La Musica in Ecuador, the Singer Festival in Warsaw, Poland, at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, at the JAAMM Festival in Denver, Colorado, at the Chicago Beethoven Festival live on WFMT, was featured in the Friday Night Live Concert Series at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, and gave a performance of the C Major Mozart Viola Quintet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with Itzhak Perlman. He recently soloed with the Philharmonic Society Chamber Orchestra in Lima, Peru, the South Coast Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Barry Silverman in California, and the Queretaro Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Guadalupe Flores live on XEQUE Mexican radio. Mr. Lisker has also released a CD entitled “Duets” alongside internationally acclaimed Hungarian violinist, Bela Horvath, which is currently available on Amazon and iTunes. In addition to his performing career, Mr. Lisker is also artistic director of his non-for-profit organization, the Lisker Music Foundation, which presents young, incredibly gifted musicians from around the world in concert halls throughout the Chicago-land area.
Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Mr. Lisker immigrated to America with his parents when he was 4 and began studying violin at the age of 5 with his father. He continued his studies with Terrine Gomez in Champagne, Illinois, Linda Rose in Los Angeles, and Mark Zinger in Chicago. At 14, he was one of 18 young violinists selected to participate in the renowned summer music festival, The Perlman Music Program, which he then attended for 6 straight years. Mr. Lisker also participated in the National Centre’s Young Artists Program in Ottawa for 4 years. Further associations have included Eric Friedman, Vadim Repin, Joseph Kalichstein, Michael Tree, Lawrence Dutton, and Robert Mann.
Mr. Lisker received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec, and went on to receive his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Itzhak Perlman.