Lisa Pegher is a multiple percussion solo artist and drummer who is known for pioneering percussion as a solo instrument within the orchestral realm and beyond. She has made it her life’s work to present percussion to larger audiences by commissioning, collaborating, and creating new works that bring percussion to the front of the stage.
As one of the very few full-time percussion soloists in the world. She has been hailed by the Boston Globe as, Forcefully Balletic, and by critic Marty Lash as “ a gifted passionate artist, with a rockstar aura” She has been featured in Symphony Magazine as one of the top six performers of her generation and holds a position on the CAMI performing artist roster alongside some of the most prestigious names in music. Lisa has performed concerti with numerous orchestras across the globe heralding works by many of today’s leading composers. Recent performances include major works by Kevin Puts, Tobias Brostrøm, Jennifer Higdon, James MacMillan, Joseph Schwantner, David Stock, and Mathew Rosenblum. To date, she has already premiered three major percussion concertos written specifically for her and is currently involved with commissioning a new work from American Composer, Richard Danielpour.
Lisa gave the Wisconsin premiere of Tobias Brostrøm’s Arena Percussion Concerto with the Peninsula Festival Orchestra in August 2010 and recently premiered and recorded Mathew Rosenblum’s Double Concerto for Saxophone and Percussion with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose and saxophonist, Kenneth Koon. As an advocate of new music, she also recently premiered a new marimba solo by composer, Derek Bermel at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey and has also been involved with commissioning new works from Martin Bresnick, Joe Sheehan, Patrick Burke and film composer, Andrew Knox. Lisa has also been spending more time composing her own original works for amplified acoustic instruments, electronics and live animation as well as commissioning other composers for new works in a similar format. Her most recent multimedia project, Minimal Art: Imaginary Windows was released in 2009. Her most recent recordings were released on the AKM Music Label, and the BMOP Sound Label. She performs on and is supported by Marimba One, Evans drumheads, BlackSwamp Percussion and Matt Nolan Custom metal works. Lisa currently resides in New York City.