Liza de Prophetis

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What do you do when you’re not playing in the LSO?

I work for a non-profit and am also a kids’ chess coach at an after-school program in West Philly. Am also a cyclist and I have done the MS City to Shore Ride for the last 2 years with our concertmaster Herold Klein.

When, or how, did you come to join the orchestra?

I studied with Irving Ludwig for 4 or 5 years until I graduated high school, and he was always talking about how great the orchestra was. I subbed with LSO in high school once for a Haydn symphony, but I didn’t actually join the orchestra until much later, in January 2012. I’d missed playing in an orchestra and my mom told me that LSO could use more violins, so I joined.

Do you play in any other musical groups?

I currently play in a string quartet with other members of LSO. I have also been invited to play with some electronic musicians with whom I hope to collaborate soon. And if it counts for anything, I also learned some Irish fiddle music and played with my dad and sister in some pubs when we went to Ireland last summer!

Do you come from a musical family?

Yes; my mom, Betsy Klinger, is a longtime member of LSO, and my dad and sister are also musicians. My grandmother was an opera singer and a bunch of my aunts and uncles also have music careers.

Does the instrument you play on have a story?

Only an unfortunate one in which my previous violin was stolen..

Are you originally from Lansdowne/Philadelphia?

I grew up in Swarthmore/Media. I left the area for a few years to live in New Orleans and then San Francisco/Oakland before moving to Philly in 2008.

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