Elizabeth Suh Lane has been acclaimed, “…among the finest chamber musicians in America today” by San Francisco Symphony’s Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed across the globe as a chamber and orchestral musician in the finest concert halls-Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Salzburg Festspiele, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Helzberg Hall and Theatre des Champs Elysee, to name a few. Elizabeth concertized throughout the world with the London Symphony Orchestra under directors Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, and many others; she toured with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gidon Kremer; and with the Academy of St. Martin-in the-Fields under Sir Neville Marriner. She continues to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and has been invited to numerous international festivals: Tanglewood, England’s Britten-Pears, Germany’s Schleswig–Holstein, Japan’s Pacific Music, the Carmel Bach Festival, Ravinia Festival, and she has served on the faculty of the Brian Lewis Young Artists‘ Program instructing advanced violin students.
Elizabeth is founder-Executive-Artistic Director and violinist of the Bach Aria Soloists. Her leadership has brought world-class collaborations to Kansas City to partner with BAS including: the world’s preeminent scholar of Bach Dr. Christoph Wolff; Associate Director of Parsons Dance Elizabeth Koeppen, who with Suh Lane gave the world premiere of Accompagnata…a ViolinDance to great acclaim; Avery Fisher Career prize winner Matt Haimovitz was guest soloist with the Bach Aria Soloists; Narong Prangcharoen, Guggenheim-award winning composer, she commissioned for BAS’ 15th Anniversary; Elizabeth invited radio personality-composer Bill McGlaughlin to present the BAS’ live radio show-Inspired by Bach- broadcast on Kansas Public Radio. McGlaughlin remarked, “Elizabeth is a real virtuoso musician, and what the Bach Aria Soloists are doing is of the highest quality in the most artful manner, the way it should be done.”
Elizabeth has performed string quartet concerts with Andy Simionescu, Concert Artists Guild winner Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and Princeton University’s Anna Lim. She appeared with the Satterlee Piano Trio in a series of concerts and master classes in Ann Arbor and Bowling Green in 2013 and with the Maia Quartet in their final year. With the Barbican Quartet, she toured Colombia and Venezuela. Elizabeth and guitarist Beau Bledsoe have played numerous live studio broadcasts on Kansas Public Radio and at Emory University.
As Artistic Director and head of faculty for twelve years of the Kansas City String Quartet Program, Elizabeth assembled a nationally renowned team of teaching artists, instructed thousands of students, and works with several thousand youths through the numerous orchestral and chamber music clinics she continues to conduct in metropolitan Kansas City. She was a member of the LSO Education team training teachers and students in schools across Great Britain. Elizabeth maintains her love of teaching today, mentoring a studio of young violinists who have won scholarships to Juilliard, Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, UCLA, Michigan State, Washington University, Wheaton, University of Nebraska, and UMKC. The Asian American Chamber of Commerce honored her with the 2010 Professional Leader of the Year Award for her success and significant contribution of music and education to the community in her field.
Elizabeth was a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellow and Broadus Erle Memorial Scholar- as the most outstanding string player at Yale University. She served as Assistant to Baroque violin specialist Jaap Schröder, and was a protégé of Max Rostal in Switzerland.
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