She began studying with Pascal Nemirovski in 1988 whilst at the same time studying with Pierre Reach at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique from where she graduated in 2001 with the Premier Prix. She subsequently enrolled in the postgraduate cycle of Bruno Rigutto and also follows advice from Genevieve JoyDutilleux.
At 13, Lise de la Salle made her concerto debut as well as her Paris recital debut at the Louvre before going on tour with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France. Since then her career has flourished and she has performed with orchestras such as the Dresden Staatskapelle, Vienna Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Goteborg Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, RSO Berlin, Singapore Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique, Bamberg Symphony, NHK Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Among the conductors she has worked with are Fabio Luisi, Osmo Vänskä, Marek Janowski, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Sir Neville Marriner, James Gaffigan, James Conlon, Christoph König, Lawrence Foster, Philippe Herreweghe, Oleg Caetani, Dennis Russell Davis, Jakub Hrusa, and the late Sir Charles Mackerras. Lise has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Salzburg, Luxembourg, La Roque d’Antheron, Theatre Champs-Elysees and Louvre in Paris, New York Met and Frankfurt’s Alte Oper.
In April 2006 she made her Lincoln Center debut performing Liszt’s Concerto No 1 with the Orchestra of St Luke’s. Since then she performed with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.
Lise de la Salle has made six recordings for the Naïve label including works by Chopin (Dresden Staatskapelle/Luisi), Bach and Liszt, Mozart and Prokofiev, Ravel and Rachmaninov and a Concerto CD featuring the first concertos by Prokofiev, Liszt and Shostakovich. Twice she has been awarded Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Month’ and four times Gramophone’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ including for her latest CD – a Liszt recital – which also received the Diapason d’OR and ARTE “CD of the Month”.
In the UK she has performed at the Wigmore Hall and she opened the BBC’s lunchtime recital series in September 2011. Concerto performances include the Philharmonia Orchestra (Maazel and Mackerras), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Litton and future engagements include the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and a return to the Philharmonia/Sir Andrew Davis. Highlights of the current season include the Rotterdam Philharmonic/Ticciati (Rachmaninov 2), Tonkünstler Orchester/Orozco-Estrada (Ravel G major), Prague Philharmonia/Hrusa (Beethoven 4), Toronto Symphony/Boyd (Ravel G) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic/Noseda (Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody).
Photograph (c) Marco Borggreve