When not playing flute, Elizabeth enjoys cooking, exploring Germany’s lush forests, training at the circus, reading, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
She is also enrolled in an ATI Alexander Technique teacher certification program through The Performance School..
Elizabeth Talbert is a Berlin-based flutist known for her rich tone and musical virtuosity. She has performed 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. She was cast as an actor/musician in “That It All Makes Perfect,” a critically-acclaimed drama by Erin Bregman. In 2014, she was the 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 San Francisco Festival of Contemporary Music; at the Hot Air Music Festival; and was invited to perform George Crumb's Idyll for the Misbegotten with the SFCM Percussion Ensemble.
Having grown up with Leonard Bernstein’s “Young People’s Concerts,” 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 as principal flute of the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra. She has additionally 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 After Everything Ensemble in San Francisco since 2016. She has also performed with the Seattle-based Inverted Space Ensemble; was a founding member of Emissary Flute Quartet; and collaborated with Guerrilla Composers Guild to commission 6 new works for Phonochrome.
From 2014-2018, Elizabeth was Artistic 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 is pleased to offer individual and small-group lessons, chamber music coaching, and audition preparation. She was a Teaching Artist with the San Francisco Symphony’s “Adventures in Music” Program in the 2017-18 school year.
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.