Margaret Lysy was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has been invited frequently to perform with international chamber ensembles on both violin and viola. Concert and festival appearances have taken her to Italy, England, Ireland, Argentina, Canada and the United States. A recipient of several prizes and scholarships, Margaret Lysy’s studies were pursued in England at the RNC in Manchester and the Royal College, London. She studied with noted pedagogues Richard Deakin, Felix Andrievsky and Mauricio Fuks.

In Montreal, Canada, Margaret Lysy was the driving force behind a dynamic outreach program for youth in music, initiating a personal and original method of group teaching for string students. Lysy now makes her home in Los Angeles, dedicating herself to the art of pedagogy. Enthusiastically committed to reaching young minds and developing musical skills, she is the Founder and Artistic Director of SOL-LA Music Academy in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.

Lysy is currently on the music faculty of UCLA. Her devotion to pedagogy and outreach extend to coaching music students throughout Los Angeles offering oversight and pedagogy skills to numerous music outreach programs.