Elizabeth Talbert is a Bay Area flutist known for her rich tone and musical virtuosity. Her chameleonic technical versatility has led to performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and at the Apollo Theater Cafe with Ensemble Mik Nawooj, a chamber music hip-hop fusion ensemble.
Elizabeth enjoys a widely varied career as a soloist and collaborator. She was the 2014 Grand-Prize Winner of the Berkeley Piano Club's Dorothy Waynen Competition for Winds and Brass. Elizabeth has also performed as a soloist at the 11th annual Festival of Contemporary Music; alongside acclaimed pianist Allegra Chapman at the Hot Air Music Festival; and was invited to perform George Crumb's Idyll for the Misbegotten with the SFCM Percussion Ensemble in 2012. She performs regularly with the After Everything Collective in San Francisco.
Having grown up in New York City learning about music at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera, Elizabeth cherishes her orchestral experiences. She played with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts; as principal of both the Symphony and Mozart Orchestras at the Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina in Brazil; and received a standing ovation as principal flute for Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, "Classical," with the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra. She has performed in the orchestras at Brevard Music Center and Eastern Music Festival, and worked with conductors Teddy Abrams, Nicholas Daniel, Sarah Hicks, Alex Klein, Christopher Rountree, Scott Sandmeier, Gerard Schwarz, and David Zinman, among others.
Elizabeth is a passionate chamber musician and an ardent supporter of contemporary music. She has performed with the Seattle-based Second Inversion ensemble; as a guest with Firesong; was a founding member of Emissary Flute Quartet; and collaborated with Guerrilla Composers Guild to commission 6 new works for Phonochrome. Elizabeth is Executive Director of Phonochrome, a flexible-roster, project-based arts ensemble that weaves musical narratives accomplished through innovative and thematic programming. Of their namesake concert, Phonochromaticism, Jeff Dunn of the San Francisco Classical Voice raved,
"...dozens of new-music lovers crammed into the concert space to hear the evolving group Phonochrome and friends play six new chamber works by as many worthy composers. Almost everyone — performers, composers, and, most significantly, audience members — was apparently under 30. I can now die in peace knowing art music will continue to prosper…"
Elizabeth received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Jeanne Baxtresser and Alberto Almarza. She holds a Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with San Francisco Symphony principal flutist Tim Day.
When not playing flute, Elizabeth enjoys cooking, exploring California's rich natural landscape, spending time with her niece, practicing yoga, and reading.
She is currently enrolled in an Alexander Technique teacher certification program at The Performance School in Seattle.