Lisa Gutkin

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Lisa Gutkin performing at the 2013 world music festival Horizante at the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz.

Lisa Gutkin is the Grammy Award-winning violinist, singer and songwriter of The Klezmatics. She played in Sting’s The Last Ship, had a cameo appearance in “Sex and the City,” and is a MacDowell Fellow. Lisa appears on hundreds of recordings including From Here On In, a CD of her original songs produced by John Lissauer, and Play Klezmer Fiddle!, an instructional DVD. She has co-authored songs with Woody Guthrie, Anne Sexton, and Maggie Dubris, and composed for symphony orchestra, dance, and film. Currently she is Co-Music Director, and Co-Composer for the Broadway show "Indecent (play)" which has been nominated for 3 Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Direction.


She joined The Klezmatics in 2002 with the release Rise Up! Shteyt Oyf! and remains a performing and composing member, notably having written the music for the acclaimed track off Wonder Wheel, "Gonna Get Through This World". Won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2007 for the album Wonder Wheel (album). Performed the album with Arlo Guthrie at Carnegie hall the following Thanksgiving.

Lisa specializes in bluegrass, Klezmer, and Irish folk genres. She holds a Bachelor of Music in classical violin from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.

Gutkin has performed with John Cale, Steeleye Span, Jane Siberry and the Irish artists Tommy Sands, John Whelan, Steve Cooney and Cathie Ryan.

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The Klezmatics[edit]


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