Elizabeth Field, baroque violin

Elizabeth Field, violinist, is the Founder and Director of the Vivaldi Project and concertmaster of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has served as concertmaster for leading period instrument ensembles such as the Washington Bach Consort and Opera Lafayette as well as acting as performance-practice coach for modern orchestras such as The National Philharmonic and the Washington Chamber Symphony. She has performed with leading period instrument ensembles such as the Handel & Haydn Society, The New York State Early Music Association, and the Classical Band. A former member of Brandywine Baroque, Field was also a founding member of the Van Swieten Quartet. She performs frequently with the Washington National Opera, and has recorded for Hungaroton, Naxos and the Dorian label. From 1982-1991, she performed and recorded extensively for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Field’s modern training was done with Oscar Shumsky and Joseph Silverstein, and she holds a doctorate in 18th-century performance practice from Cornell University. Field has coached student & professional performers throughout the U.S. including at the Universities of Maryland, Illinois and Iowa, and the University of Washington. She has held professorships at Sacramento State University of California, the University of California at Davis, and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. Together with cellist, Stephanie Vial, she directs The Vivaldi Project’s Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments and is a regular guest teacher at The Curtis Institute. Her collaborative DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson, exploring the Historical performance Practice of 18th-century violin/piano repertoire was released in November of 2011. Emanuel Ax describes the DVD as “truly inspiring―a completely lucid and authoritative look at the connections between the great composers and the instruments that they worked with.” He concludes, “ In short, I am a fan!”

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