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Lisette Kielson

Founder & Artistic Director of L'Ensemble Portique


An active recitalist, Lisette Kielson has performed to acclaim on both recorder and flute in the United States and Europe. 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 Derničres Nouvelles d'Alsace)

Lisette founded L’Ensemble Portique in 2002 as a means of expressing her passion for playing both early and contemporary chamber music, with a vision of creatively integrating the two. 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 in Chicago, Sunday Afternoon Live from the Elvehjem in Madison, Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Independently, Lisette’s guest appearances have included the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Jubilate Deo Orchestra in Alsace-France, Ars Antigua in partnership with The Chicago Humanities Festival, the University of Minnesota Bach Festival, the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society, The American Bach Project, the Madison Early Music Festival, and the Ars Musica Contemporary Music Festival in Brussels, Belgium.

Her debut recording, Trio Atlantic, featuring Baroque music performed on period instruments, is played nationally from coast to coast. Recent recordings under L’Ensemble Portique’s LEP Records label include Taste of Portique, an expansive CD of chamber music from the 18th to 21st centuries and Telemann: Canons and Duos, a double disc set featuring Telemann’s celebrated music for two recorders.

Lisette Kielson’s love of teaching, and her enthusiastic approach and expertise in directing chamber music ensembles attracts frequent invitations to lead workshops and master classes throughout the country. She is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Continuing Education, the Whitewater Early Music Festival and is Artist-in-Residence at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee.

She has gained much inspiration, guidance and strength from the teachers and mentors who have journeyed with her throughout her education. Recorder: Roberta Sweet, John Langfeld, Eva Legęne 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. Her post-master’s studies brought her to The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, the Netherlands where she received a Diploma in recorder performance.

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