King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Liz’s musical education began as a junior at the Royal Academy of Music and thereafter on a scholarship to study violin and piano at Trinity College of Music. Whilst at college, she co-founded the Court String Quartet in which she played for a number of years.
After several years as a professional quartet player and then in ensembles at the BBC and the English National Opera, she took up the position of Sub-Principal First Violin at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she had the great fortune to work with world class singers and renowned conductors including Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Carlos Kleiber and Bernard Haitink, amongst many others.
Since becoming a freelance player she has performed in concert halls around the world, as well as in studios and theatres in London’s West End, gaining experience of a very wide variety of musical styles and genres. She currently works freelance for the BBC Symphony Orchestra – an association which has developed her interest in commissioning and promoting new and accessible music for young people and amateurs. As a solo player she has recorded for Trinity College London and at the Royal Military Chapel and has also participated in many chamber music recordings. She has also led and directed orchestras and groups of all sizes.
Teaching has always featured in her portfolio, and she regularly coaches individuals and ensembles of all ages and abilities, including for many years as principal second violin in the Forest Philharmonic orchestra. Her activity as a teacher and coach informs her work as an examiner for Trinity College, for whom she travels widely. She has given a number of presentations for the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) and sits on the council of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).
Lately she has been working with Boosey and Hawkes as a string educational editor, and has produced and edited a recently published set of three books of newly commissioned pieces for string quartet entitled 4 Strings.