Lisa Bucknell

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About Lisa

London-based violist who can be seen on stage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra one night, or on tour with Ministry of Sound the next!

Lisa has performed around the United Kingdom with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, the Southbank Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, and recently debuted at the Wigmore Hall. She has enjoyed trials with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed in the Alan Bennett play Untold Stories at the National Theatre and on the West End.   She was a competitor in the 2016 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, and has been awarded places on both the 2015-2016 LSO String Experience Scheme and the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathways Scheme. She was a prizewinner at the North London Festival of Music, a finalist in the Kenneth Loveland and Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Awards, and a  recitalist for the New London Orchestra Young Performers Concert Series. She performed as solo violist for the Sydney Conservatorium’s production of Albert Herring, and for Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Spring Awakening. Lisa has extensive orchestral experience, performing in the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Opera House, Cadogan Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Sydney City Recital Hall.  Lisa has completed a Master of Performance with Distinction at the Royal College of Music under the tutelege of Simon Rowland-Jones. She has studied with Vicci Wardman, Annette Isserlis, and Caroline Henbest, and has had master classes with Thomas Reibl, Maxim Rysanov, Nobuko Imai, and Jennifer Stumm.  Lisa is very grateful for the support of the Richard Carne Trust, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Tait Memorial Trust, and the Clemence Charitable Trust. Lisa is the proud caretaker of a 1930 Natale Carletti viola, thanks to the worldwide support of donors via a fundraising campaign.

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Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

This list is a selection of repertoire, and by no means exhaustive!
Bach 6 Cello Suites arr. Viola
Vieuxtemps Capriccio
Viola and Piano:
Clarke Viola Sonata
Hindemith Viola Sonata op. 11 no. 4
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata
Mendelssohn Viola Sonata
Brahms Viola Sonata in E flat major
Brahms Viola Sonata in F minor
Enescu Konzertstück
Hawkins Urizen
Watkins Miniatures
Shostakovich Sonata
Bloch Suite Hébraïque
Walton Viola Concerto
Hill Viola Concerto
Hoffmeister Viola Concerto
Martinü Rhapsody-Concerto
Vaughan-Williams Suite
Mozart Duo Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra
String Duos:
Martinü Madrigals for Violin and Viola
Halvorsen Passacaglia for Violin and Viola
String Trios:
Beethoven Trio in C minor
Bach Goldberg Variations arr. Sitkovetsky
Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio
Penderecki String Trio
Viola Clarinet and Piano works:
Mozart Kegelstatt Trio
Schumann Märchenerzählungen Trio
Watkins Speak Seven Seas
Bruch Eight Pieces for Viola, Clarinet, and Piano
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Of course! I can be booked as a solo artist, but perform frequently with top musicians and can organise ensembles for your event if you are after something on a larger scale.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Life throws us all a curve ball or two on occasion, so I'll do my best to be flexible if your plans have to change. We can work together to come to a solution, so keep in touch!

How much time do you need to set up?

I arrive at the venue about an hour before the performance time.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I work with my clients individually to tailor my programme to their event, tastes, and style. If you have special requests I'll always do my best to accommodate, whether it be a favourite piece, a national anthem, or happy birthday!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Short answer: yes. I bring my instrument and music stand. Sometimes if the performance is seated, I'll ask for a chair to be provided.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Making your event unforgettable is my speciality, so if there's a favourite piece you would like to hear, chances are I can oblige! Depending on the piece I will give you a quote for the extra rehearsal time and sourcing of the music.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

The Queen's Birthday concert at Royal Albert Hall in 2018 is high up that list!


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£250
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From customers:

Bido W
6 years ago

Manchester Collective play out of their skin tonight; special mention goes to violist Lisa Bucknell.

Whitstable H
5 years ago

The rare opportunity to hear this trio was a musically enlightening occasion, made into an even more pleasurable experience as they entertained an appreciative audience.

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