Elizabeth Suh Lane, Artistic Director-Founder, Violin

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, Suntory, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Berlin’s Philharmonie,Theatre des Champs Elysee, Helzberg Hall, 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, Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa; with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gidon Kremer, Murray Perahia; and with the Academy of St. Martin-in the-Fields under Sir Neville Marriner. She has been invited to numerous international festivals: Tanglewood, England’s Britten-Pears, Germany’s Schleswig–Holstein, Japan’s Pacific Music, Salzburg’s Festspiele, the Carmel Bach Festival and recently, served on the faculty of the Brian Lewis Young Artists‘ Program instructing advanced violin students. Elizabeth continues to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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; Narong Prangcharoen, Guggenheim-award winning composer, she commissioned for BAS’ 15th Anniversary; Radio celebrity-composer Bill McGlaughlin commentated BAS’ live radio show, Inspired by Bach, broadcast on KPR. 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’s extensive chamber music career has been blessed with artistic partnerships with renowned musicians Matt Haimovitz, Andy Simionescu, Anna Lim, Nokuthula Ngwenyama; the Satterlee Piano Trio with Robert Satterlee and hornist Andrew Pelletier in a series of concerts-masterclasses in Ann Arbor and Bowling Green; and with the Maia Quartet in their final year. Elizabeth and guitarist Beau Bledsoe have performed numerous live studio broadcasts as the Bach Aria Soloists Duo on Kansas Public Radio, at Emory University, and recently, on the String Academy of the Plains Series.

As Artistic Director and head of faculty of the Kansas City String Quartet Program, Elizabeth assembled a nationally renowned team of teaching artists who instructed thousands of students, and she continues to coach students through the numerous orchestral and chamber music clinics she conducts in metropolitan Kansas City. She was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra Education team training teachers and students in schools across Great Britain. She continues her love of teaching today, mentoring a studio of young violinists who have received scholarships to such schools as Juilliard, Eastman, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Texas-Austin, Michigan State, University of Minnesota, 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 UMKC, a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellow and Broadus Erle Memorial Scholar at Yale University, and a protégé of Max Rostal in Switzerland.