2013 Richard Pollett Memorial Award Recipient: Liisa Pallandi

Liisa graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2010 with First Class Honours where she studied with Dr Goetz Richter. In 2011 & 2012 she studied at the Australian National Academy of Music with Adam Chalabi and was the first recipient of the Richard Pollett Memorial Award, involving the loan of a Pressenda violin. In 2012 she was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Helena Rathbone’s mentorship. Since then she has toured regularly, both nationally and internationally, with the ACO and ACO2.

Liisa has always enjoyed being part of symphony orchestras. She has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh and the Australian World Orchestra in their debut concerts. In 2011 she was the concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchesta and the recipient of their AYO/Accenture Scholarship.

As a chamber musician Liisa has performed in the Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney festivals. In 2013, she travelled to Denmark to perform in the Thy Chamber Music Festival. She was a founding member of the Sydney Camerataand won the Musica Viva Chamber Music Award as part of their sextet. A highlight of her time at ANAM was performing Messiaen’s Quatuor pour les fins du temps with pianist Steven Osborne.

Liisa has performed as a soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and alongside Kirsty Hilton (Principal 2nd violin, SSO) in Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. In 2010 she was winner of the Kendall National Violin Competition, including the Bach Prize, Audience Choice Award and the Timberlay Travel Scholarship. Part of her prize was a viola made by Graham Caldersmith. Her violin was made by Charles Clarke for Liisa’s great-aunt in 1946, and Liisa is extremely happy to be custodian of these fine Australian instruments.

In 2013 Liisa undertook a Creative Winter Music Residency at the Banff Centre in Canada under the guidance of Henk Guittart, and intends to use the recently awarded Richard Pollett Memorial Award from AYO to pursue further study with Henk in Holland.