Lizzie Ball is a violinist, vocalist, and educator.
Those who have seen northern English violinist Lizzie Ball play agree she isn’t what you’d expect when you think of a typical classical musician.
Lizzie’s performances are engagingly flavoured with jazz, world, folk, bluegrass and rock. Her high impact musical experiences deliver a modern and creative touch, rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. These embellishments to her sound, the freedom of her improvisation, a different take on execution and a supplementing of various styles, create an unexpected result.
Lizzie’s venture Classical Kicks http://classicalkicks.com/ was born out of her renaissance approach to re-present classical music at the highest level ands reach out to a wider audience demographic. By leading and collaborating with the current UK scene of like-minded classical talent , their performances in a more down-to-earth environment of Ronnie Scott’s , which continues to be a long term residency since 2012, and similar venues have led to widespread acclaim. Since then, she has created a family show called Remix-ED which was commissioned by United Learning, children’s workshops, and a even a club classics meets classical instruments collaboration with DJ and Bestival Founder Rob da Bank.
As a solo artist, Lizzie has gained high international visibility and press acclaim with her collaborations with Nigel Kennedy (as leader of his Orchestra of Life from 2010 to present), Jeff Beck (as a featured frontline member of his band between 2013-14), Brian Wilson (as a guest vocalist with his band on US wide tour in 2013), as well as Grammy-nominated classical choir New York Polyphony and the James Pearson Trio. Performance highlights include taking the stage at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival at Madison Square Garden, BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Greek Theatre LA and numerous international tours over several years.
Lizzie also appears regularly as a session musician in the top London studios (Abbey Road, Angel, Air) for numerous audio and visual recordings, live TV and radio broadcasts, and live performances. Credits include work with a host of well-known pop artists including Kanye West, JP Cooper, Rudimental, Rod Stewart, Adele, Kylie and feature films such as Terminator 3.
Despite currently living as a London girl, her roots are still strongly planted in Derbyshire where she will later in the year be hosting her very own Classical Kicks festival for the second year running this November.
Lizzie has an MA in Music from St. Johns College, Cambridge University and postgraduate performance diplomas from Royal College of Music/Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with renowned teachers Yossi Zivoni and David Takeno. She plays a Joseph Kantucsher violin (1967) , a Bridge 5-string electric and Octave 5-String electric violins, and is delighted to be endorsed by Strymon pedals, AER amplifiers, and Thomastik strings, and Eastman Music Company who are based in LA.