A recognized leader in contemporary music advocacy, pianist Elizabeth G. Hill has led and performed in the D.C. area’s most prominent 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 in thirteen US states 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 two 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 2017, Elizabeth joined the ensemble, Balance Campaign, a group whose focus lies exclusively on commissioning and performing works by underrepresented composers. Elizabeth 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 2020-21 season, Elizabeth is looking forward to numerous virtual performances, including digital solo concerts, chamber performances with Meraki and Balance Campaign, appearances as a Performance Ambassador for the Boulanger Initiative, and performances for the National Philharmonic chamber series, and performances with the American Pops Orchestra. Elizabeth is also thrilled to serve as Artist-In-Residence this season for the Music of Grace Concert Series in Silver Spring, Maryland. Through her residency, she will assist in curating an entirely virtual season of performances that promotes diversity through programming and their featured artists.
As an educator, Dr. Hill is grateful to have received a recent appointment on the Collaborative Piano Faculty at the HeifetzPEG 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 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.