Aliisa Neige Barrière (born 1995) was born into a French-Finnish family in Paris where her music studies have included violin, piano, chamber music and choral as well as orchestral conducting. A passionate chamber musician, Barrière has participated in a great variety of projects and masterclasses throughout Europe and the United States, and is interested in performing all music from baroque to contemporary.
In 2011–2012 she studied violin with Renee Jolles in New York at the Preparatory Division of Mannes College of Music, as well as orchestral conducting and chamber music. As a winner of the Concerto Competition she played the first movement of the Khachaturian Concerto at Symphony Space, New York. She also was a member of the Face The Music ensemble, directed by Jennifer Undercofler, dedicated to performing only music by living composers.
In 2012, she continued her studies in Paris, in the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional with Suzanne Gessner (violin) and Judy Chin (piano), where she received her Performance Diploma (Prix de perfectionnement).
After winning the New School Competition in New York, Barrière was awarded a full scholarship for four years of studies at Mannes College of Music where she studied from 2013 with Lewis Kaplan and Laurie Smukler (violin), Michael Adelson and David Hayes (conducting) and was part of the Mannes Baroque Players led by Nancy Wilson.
Barrière also enjoys writing arrangements and own cadenzas for concerti. Her most recent work includes a cadenza connecting Vivaldi’s Spring and Winter with material from the other Seasons, Primavera Norvegese, or cadenzas for Mozart or Beethoven concerti.
She studied with Peter Herresthal at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, where she appeared as a soloist in Vivaldi's Spring and Winter under the direction of Øyvind Bjorå, and where she obtained a Bachelor in violin performance in 2017 and a Master's Degree in 2019.
Barrière is a founding member of the Hindsgavl Nordic Chamber Orchestra which had its opening concert in the summer 2015 in Denmark and participated in the Open Strings Chamber Music Festival both as a performer and in assisting in artistic programming.
Since her move in 2016, Barrière has been been very active in Norway, where she was a founding member of two ensembles; Ensemble Temporum which made its debut in the Ultima Festival in 2016 and Ensemble +47, mainly dedicated to new music, and the string quartet Nordlyd, touring extensively throughout the Nordic countries.
Since 2018, Barrière is also the violinist of ÄÄNI-kollektiivi, an ensemble based in Helsinki and dedicated to bringing contemporary music and art to broader audiences. Some of their more recent performances include an appearance at the Tampere Biennale and Kaivos Festivaali.
In 2018, she also resumed her conducting studies and attended a masterclass with Prof. Atso Almila (Sibelius Academy) and Luke Dollman (Univ. of Adelaide) in Zlín, Czech Republic where she got to lead the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra in a program ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky.
She then joined the Panula Academy in the year 2018-2019, where she could get regular guidance from Jorma Panula.
Other recent engagements include concerts with cellist Jakob Kullberg, with whom she has given the World Premiere of Concordia by Kaija Saariaho, a piece written for them, at the Bergen International Festival 2017, the Schubert Trout quintet with pianist Sveinung Bjelland and musicians of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) in April 2018, or the World Premiere of Saariaho’s solo violin piece written for her, Bon vent in May 2018 in Paris.
In 2019, her first record, Ekstasis, was released by the label Cyprès, around the solo works of Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière, in collaboration with flutist Camilla Hoitenga and soprano Raphaële Kennedy. The CD is accompanied of a Blu-ray with visuals by Jean-Baptiste Barrière, released by the label’s collection Avec Cyprès.
In the Spring of 2019, Barrière graduated with a Master's degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music with the creation of her own one-day festival, Nordlyd, which she created in collaboration with Janne Valkeajoki.
After the great success of its first edition, Nordlyd will be renewed in May 2022, this time in Helsinki.
As of the Fall 2019, Barrière studies in the Master's program of the orchestral conducting department of the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki) as a student of Sakari Oramo.
From August 2021 Aliisa Neige Barrière will hold the position of Young Conductor in Residence with the Århus Sinfonietta, a two year residency.
Barrière plays a violin attributed to Joseph Guarneri, ca 1703.