Praised by critics for her “superior bow control,” “warm tone” and “beautiful phrasing,” Lisa Ponton has appeared as a viola soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States.
Lisa Ponton received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. As a full merit scholarship recipient, she earned her Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School in New York. She then concluded her studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne by completing the Künstlerische Reifeprüfung and the Konzertexamen, the highest music degree awarded in Germany. She has received training in Suzuki pedagogy from Western Illinois University, the American Suzuki Institute and the Preucil School of Music. Her awards include two American Suzuki Foundation Scholarships, a Suzuki Association of the Americas scholarship and a teaching artist mini-grant from the Iowa Arts Council.
Ms. Ponton has held the positions of Associate Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Co-Principal Viola of Sweden’s Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal Viola of “The President’s Own” Marine Chamber Orchestra and Principal Viola of Orchestra Iowa. She has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC), the Royal Danish Orchestra (Copenhagen) and the Jacksonville Symphony.
Ms. Ponton has taught viola, violin and chamber music at the Orchestra Iowa School in Cedar Rapids, IA and viola at Grinnell College. She currently teaches privately in Jacksonville, FL.