BM, BA University of Southern California, MM Manhattan School of Music
- Konzertexamen, Universitaet der Kuenste Berlin
Cellist Elizabeth Means has shared her versatile artistry as concert soloist, recitalist,orchestral and chamber musician throughout Europe and United States. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with Pinchas Zuckerman and the Manhattan School of Music’s Chamber Sinfonia and was a Fellow for three consecutive summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, performing and recording with some of the most prominent artists of our time including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, John Williams, and Renee Fleming. Awarded the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize, she was featured with Bobby McFerrin in the PBS special The Music Instinct: Science and Song.
Equally at home as both a performer and teacher, Ms. Means holds degrees from the University of Southern California (B.M., B.A.), Universitaet der Kuenste Berlin (Konzertexamen) and from the Manhattan School of Music’s distinguished Orchestral Performance Program (M.M.). In collaboration with her education at USC, she completed pedagogical training at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She then supplemented her intense performance studies with former principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Wolfgang Boettcher, with pedagogical courses at the UdK in Berlin, Germany as a Fellowship recipient from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Her students have gone on to make their solo debuts at Carnegie Hall and win scholarships to major universities.
A believer in the lifelong process of learning and development, she completed her Suzuki Teacher Training at the School for Strings in New York City with Pamela Devenport and has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Allen Lieb, Carey Beth Hockett, Carey Cheney and Gilda Barston. Ms. Means is a faculty member at the Suzuki Music School of Westport, the School for Strings in New York City and at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, where she is Chair of the Suzuki Cello/Bass Departments.