Lizzy Welsh is internationally renowned as a music-maker and performer of early music, new music and experimental improvisation, principally on the baroque violin and modern violin.
As a baroque violinist, Lizzy’s “characterful virtuosity” has cemented her as one of Australia’s leading early music performers, who has appeared with Freitags-Akademien (Berlin, Germany), Latitude 37, Van Diemen’s Band, The Night Watch (Wellington, NZ), Orchestra of the Antipodes, Accademia Arcadia, La Compañia, Ludovico’s Band, Consort Eclectus and Harken Well.
Lizzy has been invited to perform at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, the Adelaide Festival, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Melbourne Jazz Festival, the University of California San Diego’s Springfest, Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, London Jazz Festival, Jazztopad Wrocław, Sacrum Profanum Festival (Krakow), Jazzfest Berlin, Sacred Realism (Berlin), Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai New Music Week, Metropolis New Music Festival, and Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
Lizzy has presented scores of Australian and World premieres with ensembles including the Argonaut Ensemble, Golden Fur New Music Project, ELISION Ensemble, Chamber Made, and the Australian Art Orchestra. Lizzy is Artistic Director of Australia’s leading new music string quartet, the Argonaut Quartet.
An advocate for creating new music for early instruments, Lizzy has a Doctor of Musical Arts in this field, and has developed one of the world’s largest repertoires of new music for the baroque violin and viola d’amore, premiering many of these works at leading international festivals including the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany) and Sacrum Profanum Festival (Poland).
Lizzy has curated and produced performances for organisations including Arts House, the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, the Festival of Live Art, and the Metropolis New Music Festival. Lizzy has been the Producer of Tasmanian baroque ensemble Van Diemen’s Band since 2019.
Lizzy’s compositions have been presented by Australian Art Orchestra, Punctum, The Letter String Quartet, Sacred Realism (Berlin), and Vahideh Eisaei.
Lizzy acknowledges, with the deepest respect, the Dja Dja Wurrung people, on whose stolen lands she has the privilege to live and create music.
*Photograph by Albert Comper