"Her skills as an arranger / composer are formidable"- The Music Critic - UK 2010
Lissa-Käthe Schonegge is an accomplished pianist, Celtic harpist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Born in New England, Australia
Since the age of 2 the piano has been the inspiration of many melodies for Lissa-Kathe, on the family's upright Beale piano, which she still has.
With many performances as a Pianist, Fretless Bass player, keyboardist, accordion player and vocalist, including, winning the NSW state battle of the bands with the original band 'Elemental' in '94 & being part of many choirs, before attending The Northern Rivers Conservatorium Of Music & The Arts in '96 receiving a high distinction in keyboard skills. Lissa-Käthe then went on to play Fretless Bass for the original band 'Copernica' . Then vocals, accordion & Fretless Bass in the Celtic Band ‘Blackthorn’ with international fiddle player Kez Watson, in early 2000.
Lissa-Kathe performed a debut of some of her many compositions with a 10 piece ensemble in 2006. Then traveling extensively performing from 2007 onwards around Europe and the UK, with her own tour that year with Fiddle player Kez Watson on the West coast of Scotland and a performance alongside Aussi singer/songwriter, Beck Sian in Haworth West Yorkshire, England. Then based in Edinburgh, Scotland for a time and touring with Dutch Flute and Lyre player and vocalist Daniëlle Roelofsen around Scotland and Ireland and even New Zealand. Performance and busking on accordion with Americana artist Brigid Kaelin, Edinburgh. Lissa-Käthe also sung with Acapella quartet 'Grace Under Pressure' and Celtic Folk group 'Entangled' with singer Joss Cameron. Working as a resident restaurant Pianist in Edinburgh at the well known 'Hendersons' Restaurant and their 'World Cafe' and improvisational pianist for 'Sacred Space' at St Johns Church, Edinburgh regularly. A performance at the internationally acclaimed Dougie McLean Amber Folk Festival, Pitlochry Scotland in 2011 and the highlight performance of her song 'Earth Spun' chosen in the top 10 songs of peace at the Tipperary Peace Convention, in Tipperary, Ireland, 2011.
Lissa-Käthe played 16 solo performances over the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and her own concert 'Music Of The Heart' during The Middle Eastern Festival of Peace & Spirituality Edinburgh in 2011.
Adding many more instruments to her studio over time, as well as piano and Harps, her musical talents include Fretless Bass, Cello, Celtic Harp, recorders, accordion, 12 String guitar and various percussion. In fact Lissa-Kathe will try her hand at any instrument that inspires her.
Releasing her debut album Satori in 2012 on returning to Australia, it was 4th on the Top 100 on global station, One World Music Radio.
**7 x Semi-Finalist and 3 Commended in the UK Songwriting Competition 2010
**One of the 10 songwriters chosen internationally for the International Tipperary Song Of Peace 2011 - Performing in Tipperary, Ireland June 5 2011
"A musician of great perception and harmonic sense" Bruce Menzies Armidale Symphony Orchestra Musical Director/Conductor
Released EP Reach You 2010 -
"Her skills as an arranger/composer are formidable and are the strongest part of this 5-track EP" The Music Critic
Her talent on piano, alongside her use of Fretless Bass and button Accordion, shines through - Matt Gardner- RedHotVelvet
"Awesome music and voice, one of the great artists I ever heard!! The View From Here on this EP is a masterpiece" NEATICA
Released debut album Satori in 2012 which made Number 4 in the top 10 New Age Album chart on One World Music radio that year.
Lissa-Käthe has dreamed of putting together her ensemble 'Lyrico'. It is the music of the Celts the stories of the enchanting yet sometimes frightful middle ages and the sounds of hauntingly magical myths and also of musings from her own heart, infused with her Scottish/Germanic ancestry.
Hence Lyrico is born.
The 'Comet' - 36 String Concert Lever Harp
by Andrew Thom - Tasmanian Harp builder
"Traditionally, and going back thousands of years, we have made harps from wood - because that's all we had - and the properties of the timbers have necessarily determined some design characteristics.
Now we have metal alloys, and some interesting new composite materials, used in boats, cars, air and space craft.
We can make harps too from these things, and they are lighter, stronger, better, and they can be beautiful.
By interesting innovations in harp architecture, engineering, and materials & technology, I have designed some harps for now and the future."
* The remarkable thing about my harps is that they sound bright, rich, clear and loud over the whole range, bottom to top. - Andrew Thom