Elizabeth Field

Elizabeth Field

Phillips Hall B-110
Phone: 202-994-9040

Areas of Expertise


Dr. Elizabeth Field enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and soloist on both period and modern instruments. She received her BMUS from Boston University School for the Arts in 1979 where she studied with Joseph Silverstein and continued her studies with Oscar Shumsky and David Nadian. From 1982-1991, Ms Field performed and recorded extensively for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and also 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. In 1999, she received her Doctorate in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University.

From 1992-1999, Dr. Field served as the violin professor at California State University in Sacramento and the University of California, Davis. She has been an instructor of violin at George Washington University since 2001. Ms Field has served as a guest coach for numerous universities and music schools including The Curtis Institute of Music, The Longy School of Music and the Boston Conservatory of Music.

Currently, Elizabeth is concertmaster and soloist with the Bethlehem Bach Orchestra and is a regular member of the Opera Lafayette orchestra. She also plays for the Washington Ballet, the Washington National Opera and in the summers, the highly acclaimed Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Field also 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. She has also served as guest concertmaster for numerous ensembles including the Washington Bach Consort, the National Philharmonic, Opera Lafayette, and the Choral Arts Society.

Dr Field is the Founder and Director of The Vivaldi Project and its educational arm, the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments (EMMI). The Vivaldi Project’s critically acclaimed recording of seven unknown 18th-century string trios (Discovering the Classical String Trio) has been heralded as “superb” (Strings Magazine and Colorado Public Radio) as well as groundbreaking: “your library needs a copy of this in its collection... The music sparkles and the playing is exceptional” (CD Hotlist).

Field has also recorded for Analekta, Centaur, Naxos, Hungaraton, and  Plectra Records. Her collaborative DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson titled: Performing the Score, was lauded by Emanuel Ax as “truly inspiring”. For more information about Elizabeth, please visit www.thevivaldiproject.org







Bachelor of Music, Boston University, 1979
Master of Music Arts, Cornell University, 1992
Doctor of Musical Arts,
Cornell University, 1998