About Lisette Kielson
Recorder ~ Flute ~ Instruction ~ Performance
Lisette Kielson has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in France, New York, and throughout the Midwest. Enthralling audiences with her innovative programming and distinctive musicianship, she has been described by the media as “sparkling with life” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) and with “dazzling natural technique and brilliant interpretation…performing with true character and style.” (Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace)
Artistic Director of L’Ensemble Portique Lisette performs both baroque and contemporary chamber music. The ensemble has been invited to perform at such venues including the North River Music Series in New York City; The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series in Montgomery, NY; the Norton Building Concert Series, Mostly Music at NEIU, and Early Music at the Byron Colby Barn in the Chicago area; Sunday Afternoon Live in Madison, Wisconsin; and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Independently, Lisette has performed with, among others, the Lyric Opera of Chicago (stage band soloist), Baroque Band, Chicago Opera Theater, Haymarket Opera Company, Music of the Baroque, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Ars Antigua, Bella Voce, Callipygian Players, Madison Bach Musicians, New Comma Baroque, Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, and at The Bach Institute at Valparaiso University, Bradley University Faculty Series, Luther College Faculty Artist Series, Madison Early Music Festival, and Peoria Bach Festival.
Lisette has gained much inspiration, guidance, and strength from her teachers and mentors. Recorder: Roberta Sweet, John Langfeld, Eva Legêne, and Michael Barker. Flute: Nina Barwell, Mary-Louise Poor, Ernestine Whitman, Kate Lukas, James Pellerite, and Peter Lloyd.
Lisette holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in flute performance from Indiana University and a post-master’s Diploma in recorder performance from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Netherlands.
Lisette directs the Collegium Musicum at Bradley University, teaches on the faculty of the Whitewater Early Music Festival, and leads workshops and master classes throughout the country. President of the American Recorder Society (ARS) from 2008-2012, Lisette currently serves as Music Director of the Chicago Chapter of the ARS and Associate Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest.