Violin, Viola Teacher
Mary-Elizabeth enjoys parallel careers as a performer and pedagogue, and is a sought-after teacher, clinician, adjudicator and speaker in Canada and abroad. As a private studio teacher, she teaches pupils ranging from “twinklers” to teenagers eager to pursue performance careers. She is a member of the Royal Conservatory’s College of Examiners.
As a performer, she has been praised by critics for her “ability to unfold bittersweet magic” (Rhein Main Presse) and “perfect command of her instrument” (Florsheim Zeitung). In recent seasons, she has toured as a soloist and concertmaster in Europe, Asia, North and South America and performed concerts at The Vatican and The White House. She is concertmaster of both McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and plays on a 1766 Gagliano violin on loan from an anonymous donor.
Mary-Elizabeth began studying the violin in her local Suzuki program at the age of 5 and holds degrees from the University of Toronto and l’Université de Montreal where she received the Prix d’Excellence en Interpretation in 2006 and currently holds a Schmeelk Fellowship. She studied pedagogy with Allen Lieb, Ed Kreitman, Roger Steig, Martha Shackford and Ann Montzka. When she isn’t teaching or playing concerts, you can find her trying new recipes or training for her next half-marathon.