Elizabeth Talbert is a Bay Area-based flutist known for her rich tone and musical versatility. At home in a variety of genres, Elizabeth has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and at the Apollo Theater with hip-hop chamber music opera Ensemble Mik Nawooj.
In May of 2014, Elizabeth was the Grand-Prize Winner of the Berkeley Piano Club's biannual Competition for Winds and Brass. A highly sought-after soloist and collaborator, she enjoys a widely varied performing career. Elizabeth performed as a soloist at the 11th annual Festival of Contemporary Music, alongside acclaimed pianist Allegra Chapman at the 2013 Hot Air Music Festival, and was invited to perform George Crumb's Idyll for the Misbegotten with the SFCM Percussion Ensemble in 2012. She is currently spearheading a performance of Arnold Schoenberg's iconic Pierrot Lunaire, to be performed in October 2017.
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, 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, Emissary Flute Quartet, After Everything chamber ensemble, and of course in Phonochrome. Elizabeth is founder and director of Phonochrome, a flexible-roster arts ensemble that weaves musical narratives accomplished through innovative and thematic programming. Of their last concert, the San Francisco Classical Voice raved,
"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, hiking, learning to knit, Forrest yoga, reading, or studying Alexander Technique. She is currently enrolled in an Alexander Technique certification program through The Performance School in Seattle.