Dr. Lisa Chu, M.D., is an experienced performer, educator, and creative entrepreneur. She offers individual life coaching, group classes and workshops, and writes and speaks on a variety of subjects related to life balance, self-care, and wellness. Her story and lessons resonate particularly with caring professionals who have achieved milestones of outer success and status yet still yearn for a sense of inner peace and satisfaction.
From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Chu created and directed The Music Within Us™ in the San Francisco Bay Area, as a violin learning community for children beginning as early as age three, and their families. The program, which utilized music to bring children together to learn discipline, teamwork, motivation, and an attitude of constant self-improvement, grew to over thirty students, which Dr. Chu taught individually and trained as a performing group. Their performances became a beloved feature of the local community, and the children also traveled to Chicago five times to perform at Orchestra Hall, home of the Chicago Symphony, as guests of the Betty Haag Academy of Music. Select students also performed in Italy and in the Czech Republic as invited guests of the Magical Strings of Youth.
In January 2010, Dr. Chu relaunched The Music Within Us with a renewed vision to empower adults with the insight, awareness and tools to support a creative outlook on life and to serve as models of learning and leadership. In inspiring, truthful, and uplifting language, she shares the lessons she has drawn from teaching toddlers and their parents in Silicon Valley; from her own journey of transformation from classically trained violinist to improvisational musician crossing into acoustic rock, jazz, and original pop music genres; and from her ongoing practice of creating a life of passion and purpose.
Born in Libertyville, Illinois, Dr. Chu began studying violin and piano at age three. She received an A.B. magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard-Radcliffe College, and an M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. After medical school, she started as an unpaid intern and eventually became the youngest partner-track investment professional at Primus, a private equity finance firm based in Cleveland, Ohio.
While at University of Michigan, she won the annual concerto competition and soloed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto as a second-year medical student. While at Harvard, she served as President of Lowell House Music Society, where her creative leadership initiatives were recognized with the coveted David Aloian Memorial Scholarship from the Harvard Alumni Association, the Elliot & Mary Perkins Prize, and the John V. Kelleher Prize. In 1993, she was named the Chicago Tribune’s Illinois High School Student of the Year.
Between the ages of 4 and 17, she appeared frequently as both violin and piano soloist on concert tours with the Magical Strings of Youth, including Carnegie Hall; the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts; le Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux, France; at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II; in Moscow, former USSR, for President Boris Yeltsin, at the Stradivari Festival in Cremona, Italy; at the Strasbourg Music Festival; and on European and American national television.
In addition to her formal education and personal practice, Dr. Chu has completed Martha Beck Life Coach Training, training as a facilitator of Gail Larsen's Real Speaking, and received the certificate in Sound, Voice, & Music Healing from California Institute of Integral Studies. She also performs improvised violin as a founding member of the acoustic rock band, Chinese Melodrama.