As a recognized leader in contemporary music advocacy, pianist Elizabeth G. Hill has led and performed in the D.C. area’s most prominent new music ensembles, and is also known for her work as a solo performer, educator, and lecturer. A highly-regarded artist, she has performed lecture-recitals and concerts across the US and in Europe, including for the Embassy Concert Series in Washington DC, the Center for Jewish History in New York, and the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany.
Elizabeth dedicates much of her career to bridging cultures through music, and realizes this vision through her leadership within three prominent chamber ensembles within the Washington, D.C. area. Her duo Meraki, which she co-founded in 2016, focuses on performing culturally essential music, and has performed in eight U.S. states and held residencies at three universities. Recently, the ensemble performed at New Music DC 2019, where it premiered Jerod Tate’s “Heloha Okchamali” as an honoree of Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program. In 2019, Elizabeth joined her second ensemble, Balance Campaign, a group whose focus lies exclusively on commissioning and performing works by underrepresented composers.
On an even larger scale, Elizabeth is the principal pianist and former Director of Operations for Symphony Number One, an organization that has premiered works by over three dozen composers and who recently won The American Prize in Orchestral Performance. Finally, she helps promote the advancement of contemporary music in the DC area through serving as an administrator of the District New Music Coalition. Outside of these ventures, she continues to devote herself to the performance of contemporary works: recent premieres of new work include at D.C.’s Fringe Festival, New Music D.C., and with the Great Noise Ensemble at the West Fork New Music Festival in Fairmont, WV.
In the 2019-20 season, Elizabeth looks forward to an East Coast tour with Meraki premiering the commissioned work “Heloha Okchamali” by Jerod Tate, as well as a premiere performance of a commissioned work by Anthony R. Green; a Balance Campaign premiere performance of the commissioned work “ANIMAL” by Nathan Lincoln deCusatis; performances with her piano duo partner, Jason Solounias; and a performance of the Piano Concerto in One Movement by Florence Price with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore.
As an educator, Dr. Hill is grateful to have received a recent appointment on the Collaborative Piano Faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute. She has been an active pedagogue since 2010, and holds teaching positions with the Harmonia School of Music and Arts as well as Opal Music Studio, where her students have received numerous awards and honors, including acceptance into prestigious music schools across the country. Furthermore, Elizabeth is also known as a scholar of solo piano and chamber works, having given numerous lecture recitals and presentations. Her most recent topic, “Chamber Music in Exile”, is an exploration of the intimate musical narratives composed by émigré composers of the World War II era. Her other presentations vary widely, and have included talks on the composers Haydn, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Leoš Janáček, and Mieczysław Weinberg.
Originally raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Elizabeth Hill holds degrees from Mary Baldwin College (B.A.), James Madison University (M.M.), and The Catholic University of America (D.M.A. with a specialization in Chamber Music). Her principal instructors of piano include Drs. Lise Keiter, Eric Ruple, Gabriel Dobner, and Ralitza Patcheva. Elizabeth is based in Washington D.C.