Lisa Won Jung Kiser
Lisa Kiser began studying piano at the age of 4 under the tutelage of her mother. She won numerous awards in Korea, including The President’s Award. She first performed with the Daegu Symphony Orchestra when she was 10. After graduating Yonsei University, she came to the United States to further her study. While working with Jane Allen and Daniel Schene in St. Louis, she was chosen as Best Artist of 1994 by the St. Louis Artist Society. She also won the concerto competition and subsequently performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Mozart’s Concerto no. 20 in d minor with the St. Louis Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. She completed her doctoral course work at USC.
She moved to Greenville, SC and became the Principal Keyboardist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. She concertizes around the state on series like Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston. She has performed internationally in South Korea and Italy.
Lisa is sought after as an expert collaborative artist. She has a wide ranging repertoire and has partnered with the likes of international and national instrumentalists from violinists to saxophonists. She is regularly contracted to play concertos in the Southeast and was recently featured with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra in Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances have seen her at the Carolina Music Museum with the principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony, Katherine Needleman and clarinetist Igor Begelman. She joined David Kiser, in an organ-piano duo, original arrangement of the Carnival of the Animals for the closing concert of the L’Organo series in Charleston.
In addition to her performing activities she is one of South Carolina’s most sought after private teachers. Her students have been presented in and won numerous local and international piano competitions and have played with the Carolina Youth Symphony and the
Clemson University Symphony Orchestra. She is an expert at teaching students from a young age (4-5 years old) and entering into a nurturing, long term, educational program with them, guiding the student through steps and hurdles until college. Her students, all well-rounded individuals, have been accepted into Phillips Exeter, Harvard University, Princeton University, Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, Wellesley College, Mannes Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics; and have attended music summer programs: Brevard Music Center, Piano Texas, Southeastern Piano Festival. Students perform on regular recitals, have opportunities to record and collaborate, and also take music theory.
She is on the board of the Sigal Music Museum.
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