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Elizabeth Field enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and soloist on modern and period violin. Elizabeth is the concertmaster for the Bethlehem Bach Orchestra and has served as a guest concertmaster for numerous ensembles including Opera Philadelphia, the National Philharmonic, Washington Bach Consort, Opera Lafayette, and the Spire Ensemble in Kansas City. Field performs regularly with her chamber ensembles, the Vivaldi Project and ArcoVoce, and is a frequent guest artist with the Mallarme Chamber Ensemble and Magnolia Baroque.
Dr. Field holds a Doctorate in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University and is the Founder and Co-Director (along with cellist Stephanie Vial) of the Vivaldi Project and its educational arm, the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments (EMMI). As a team, Field and Vial have served as performance-practice coaches for numerous universities and music schools including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Longy School of Music, Blair and Belmont Schools of Music in Nashville and the Boston Conservatory of Music. The Vivaldi Project’s critically acclaimed recordings of unknown 18th-century string trios (Discovering the Classical String Trio) have been heralded as: “Superb...highly recommended...exquisite ensemble, vibrant sound and ardent cantabile represent period instrument playing at its best” (Fanfare Magazine). Her collaborative DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson titled Performing the Score was lauded by Emanuel Ax as “truly inspiring”.
Dr. Field also performed and recorded extensively for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and performed regularly with leading New York ensembles including the St. Luke’s Ensemble, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, the Solisti Chamber Orchestra and the New York City Opera. Dr. Field was the violin professor at California State University in Sacramento and at the University of California, Davis for several years before moving to D.C. with her husband, Uri Wassertzug, who joined the Washington National Opera Orchestra.
For more information about Elizabeth, please visit www.thevivaldiproject.org.
D.M.A. in Historical Performance Practice, Cornell University