Both Lisa Lanza and Gwen Franz have enjoyed long careers making music of various forms, their favorite context being the intimacy of chamber music in venues such as Haller Lake. They are delighted to present a concert of both duos for viola and piano, as well as solos for their respective instruments. The program will include works by Bach, Haydn, and Dvorak, as well as an enchanting piece by Keith Jarrett.
As a performer, recording artist, teacher, and scholar, Gwen Franz is a diverse violist of multiple musical traditions. In 2017, she was awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Washington in classical viola performance, studying with Melia Watras. Her degree also included studies within the jazz and ethnomusicology departments. Dr. Franz has been featured as a concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the Pacific Northwest, has toured throughout the United States, and Chile, South America. In 2013 she released two albums, Airoso, with classical guitarist Hilary Field, and Douce Ambiance, with jazz violinist Michael Gray and cellist James Hinkley. Her many years of professional orchestra experience include performing with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and Evansville Philharmonic. She recently moved to Port Townsend, WA with her husband, Ernie Franz.
Pianist Lisa Lanza has been performing as a solo artist and collaborator for over 20 years on the Olympic Peninsula and in the Seattle area. In 2017 she performed in France (Music at Albignac) and the UK (Hebden Bridge Piano Festival) and was voted “Best Musical Performer of Jefferson County”. She has studied with internationally renowned pianists Maria Joao Pires and Paul Roberts at The Guildhall School of Theater and Arts in London. She holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Accompanying from The University of Redlands. A Seattle native, Lisa has lived in Port Townsend since 1988, where, in addition to her day job, she accompanies the Rainshadow Chorale, PT Community Chorus and Grace Lutheran Church. For the last 10 years, she has organized a popular PT community concert to raise funds for the education of AIDS orphans in a remote region of Uganda.