BIOGRAPHY

As a soloist and ensemble musician, Liza brings a new dimension to the harp’s role in contemporary music, striving to expand the possibilities for this unique instrument in Jazz, Folk, Latin, and World music.
             Liza grew up immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the San Francisco Bay Area and now is based in Los Angeles.  As a composer and arranger, she draws inspiration from Cuban, Brazilian, Venezuelan, and Mexican music as well as classical and jazz genres.

 

Liza has released two albums of her music, Carousel in 2009 and Waken in 2013. She is currently working on a new album project exploring the harp in Brazilian music which is to be released in spring 2020.  Liza is an active freelance musician in Los Angeles and has performed with many LA based orchestras at venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Musco Center for the Arts.  Liza has worked and performed with such Grammy award winning artists as Pop icon Sir Elton John, Musical Theater star Kristin Chenoweth, Salsa composer/pianist Gonzalo Grau, Tango bassist Pablo Aslan, Opera/Jazz singer Sylvia McNair, and Flamenco guitarist Adam del Monte. She is an award winning composer and has presented her compositions at harp festivals in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Germany.  

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In addition to performance, Liza is passionate about sharing the harp and inspiring young musicians.  She is a Teaching Artist with the Young Musicians Foundation where she teaches general music/music theory and harp.  Liza holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Dr. Susann McDonald and Prof. Elzbieta Szmyt. I.U. awarded her the Performance Certificate for outstanding musicianship and performance ability on her graduation recital. In May 2015, she completed her Master's of Music at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music where she was the Assistant Harp Instructor to Prof. JoAnn Turovsky.  For more information about Liza’s work, please see lizawallace.com.