Lisa Zadek - Berkeley Symphony

Lisa Zadek



Lisa Zadek began studying violin at age 5, and started piano lessons at age 7. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on violin performance from San Francisco State University and continued there with graduate studies. In 1986, she became a member of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and has been performing with them since. Highlights have included performing with the Bolshoi and Stuttgart Ballet companies, as well as with the Mark Morris Dance Company under the Cal Performances umbrella. Ms. Zadek is an active free-lance musician in the Bay Area and has performed with the San Jose, Monterey, Modesto, Napa Valley, and Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestras. She has recently performed in Prague, Dresden, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and St Petersburg with vocal group Viva la Musica.

Ms. Zadek has worked at the San Francisco Symphony for over 13 years as the Artistic Planning Manager. She currently coordinates the two chamber music series presented by SF Symphony. Ms. Zadek has also managed the SF Symphony’s special chamber music concerts that have included guest artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Yuja Wang, Yefim Bronfman, Jonathan Biss, Jeremy Denk, Thomas Ades and John Adams.


  • Hometown: Half Moon Bay, CA
  • Started playing at age 5
  • Started playing with Berkeley Symphony in 1986
  • Favorite works featuring my instrument: Anything Prokofiev
  • Favorite Bay Area activities: Hiking, attending concerts, finding good restaurants
  • Recent reading: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Recent listening: Anything Bernstein