2011 (January to April) by Elizabeth Roe

April 9, 2011 

April is a busy month of concerts at Smith College! Tonight @ 7 PM, two of Elizabeth's students, Weici Hu and Corinna Kasiman, will perform with the Smith Orchestra as winners of this year's Concerto Competition. Tomorrow afternoon @ 4 PM, Elizabeth will perform a solo recital featuring epic sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms:

On April 19 and 26, Elizabeth will collaborate with faculty colleagues Joel Pitchon and Judith Gordon, respectively, in the Noon Hour concert series. Find more info here:

All events are free and held at Sweeney Concert Hall.

March 21, 2011

Elizabeth and Greg receive a rave review for their recital in the Armstrong Concert Series: Duo Delights Audience.

Check out photos of their gala performance at the 2011 American Cancer Society Discovery Ball here.

March 18, 2011

Elizabeth is featured in a special report on the role of women in the music world. Read this in-depth article by Paloma Capanna in the current edition of the Rochester City Newspaper.

February 4, 2011

Read it here: Roe will bring expansive ethos to TSO concert

January 29, 2011

On four consecutive days next week—February 3, 4, 5, & 6—Elizabeth will appear as guest soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in their MasterWorks Series in a program featuring the inspired genius of Robert and Clara Schumann. Elizabeth will perform two gems of the Romantic literature: Robert's transcendent Piano Concerto in A minor and Clara's impassioned Piano Trio in G minor. For details on venues, times, tickets, etc., please visit the Tucson Symphony Orchestra website and read the following articles:

Official TSO Press Release

The Explorer: MasterWorks to feature pianist, TSO

Arizona Daily Star: MasterWorks concert celebrates Schumanns

January 23, 2011

Elizabeth's year is off to a brilliant start, courtesy of in-depth chamber music residencies in South Carolina with her fellow Ensemble ACJW alumni Claire Bryant (cello), Owen Dalby (violin), and Carol McGonnell (clarinet). Over ten days, Elizabeth and her colleagues brought music to the communities of Aiken and Camden. They conducted a daylong educational residency at the University of South Carolina Aiken, performed in a variety of venues—assisted living facilities in both cities, Camden's Montessori School and Department of Disabilites, late-night shows at Aiken's Willcox Inn and Camden's Venue on Broad, private house concerts, and a culminating chamber music concert featuring a jazz- and folk-inspired program (Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello, Bartok's Contrasts, Poulenc's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, and Schoenfield's Cafe Music) at the Fine Arts Center in Camden. Additionally, Elizabeth and her friends spent four days at Camden's Continuous Learning Center, working with the students to create their own group anthem. Here is an article about the Aiken residency: All of the activities amounted to a triumphant celebration of collaboration, camaraderie, creativity, and the power of music.

This afternoon Elizabeth will take part in a special memorial concert at the Music Institute of Chicago honoring the life and legacy of Emilio del Rosario, one of her principal teachers and one of the country's most renowned pedagogues. Elizabeth will perform her own arrangement Gershwin's "The Man I Love" as a heartfelt tribute to her former teacher. The concert will be broadcast at a future date on WFMT 98.7, Chicago's Fine Arts station.

On the A&R Duo front, there are some exciting news! First, the website has been completely revamped; check out the new site: (Take note of the new domain name!) Follow the Duo on Twitter. Also, watch the latest music video, featuring their own virtuosic take on Carmen Fantasy, a short film that is the Duo's most elaborate production to date:

January 12, 2011

Happy New Year! To usher in 2011, watch this special video by the EG (Entertainment Gathering) Conference, featuring appearances by former presenters, including Elizabeth and her duo partner Greg Anderson. A year ago, they made their second consecutive appearance at this extraordinary event that culls the thinkers, artists, visionaries, and legends of our time. See the video here:


Also, check out Elizabeth and Greg's offering from the EG commemorative book Reflections:

2010 by Elizabeth Roe

December 30, 2010

2010 has been an eventful year from start to finish! Here are some highlights:

JANUARY-APRIL: "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra; Anderson & Roe Piano Duo performances and presentations at two leadership symposia: the EG '10 Conference in Monterey, CA, and the Imagine Solutions Conference in Naples, FL; A&R concerts across the Eastern Seaboard; a chamber music residency in South Carolina with fellow ACJW alumni Claire Bryant, Carol McGonnell, and Owen Dalby; a solo faculty recital at Smith College; and the Chopin F minor Piano Concerto with the Seongnam Philharmonic in Korea.

MAY-AUGUST: Anderson & Roe time! "Rite of Spring" performance for a New York Philharmonic event at the Morgan Library, and concerts in Dayton, Sarasota, Vermont, San Francisco, Westport, and upstate New York (the LakeMusic and Cooperstown Chamber Music Festivals). Plus, duo partner Greg gets married, with Elizabeth officiating the California wedding!

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER: Solo and chamber music appearances with Richard O'Neill, Suyoen Kim, and Minje Sung in Seoul ("Rendezvous" Concert at the Seoul Arts Center and opening gala concerts for the Kyunggi Girls High School's new performing arts center); chamber music in NYC with Karen Gomyo, Mira Wang, and Nicholas Cords; and a fruitful semester at Smith College of performing (A&R duo recital, Family Weekend chamber music collaborations with Smith faculty members in music by Mahler and Schnittke, the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Smith College Orchestra) and teaching (two of Elizabeth's students were chosen as winners in the Smith Concerto Competition!).

Speaking of Smith, Elizabeth and Greg filmed their latest video at Sweeney Concert Hall. Here, for your holiday enjoyment, is their rendering of a Michael Jackson classic:

Happy holidays and see you in the New Year!

September 17, 2010

On September 4, Elizabeth performed solo and chamber music—with violinist Suyoen Kim and bassist Minje Sung—to a capacity crowd at the Seoul Arts Center. The trio also appeared on KBS radio and filmed the 500th episode of the KBS TV program "Classic Odyssey" (broadcast date TBA). She was also in Korea to promote the release of her debut solo album "Images Poetiques" (available Stateside on iTunes).

The new academic year has begun at Smith College, and tonight at 8 Elizabeth brings her piano duo partner Greg Anderson to campus to present one of the opening events of the Smith Performing Arts season. Check out the previews for Anderson & Roe's recital at Sweeney Concert Hall: Elizabeth's blog entry and Smith's Campus Camera video profile.

August 16, 2010

Summer holidays are coming to a close, and a string of concerts lie on the horizon. First up: the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo perform in Long Island, Westport, Canandaigua, and Cooperstown.

Check out these articles previewing Anderson & Roe's appearances at the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival:
Democrat and Chronicle
Canandaigua Magazine
CITY Newspaper

At the very end of the month Elizabeth returns to Seoul to perform solo and chamber music, and to promote her debut album. Check back for the latest updates!

June 14, 2010

An eventful summer awaits, starting with a busy week for the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo: two concerts in Sarasota, the filming of a new music video, and a recital in Vermont. Visit the following link to read a rave review of their Sarasota appearance: Artist Series piano duo dazzles.

May 23, 2010

In early May, Elizabeth and duo partner Greg Anderson gave high-octane performances in New York City (Stravinsky's Rite of Spring at the Morgan Library) and Dayton (the culminating concert of the 40-year-old Soirées Musicales series). Elizabeth also attended the 2010 Commencement of Smith College, a festive and poignant end to her first year of teaching at Smith.

The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo have just released a new music video, filmed last spring in the art deco splendor of the Fox Theater in Spokane. Check it out here:

April 14, 2010

Tomorrow (Thursday, April 15 @ 11 AM) Elizabeth will celebrate Frédéric Chopin's bicentennial in the 2010 Matinée Concert at Seongnam Concert Hall in Seongnam City, Korea. She will perform Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor with the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Bong Kim.

For more information, please see this Korea Times announcement or visit the official website of the Seongnam Arts Center.

March 28, 2010

Elizabeth shares some personal thoughts on music with violinist-writer-music critic Claire Blaustein at the Ear to Ear Project, a unique blog linking musicians across genres. Check out this exclusive interview on the Ear to Ear Project site!

March 27, 2010

Elizabeth is giving a solo recital tonight at 8 PM at Sweeney Concert Hall in Northampton, MA. For more information, visit the Smith College website.

January 1, 2010

Cheers to a new year, a new decade, a fresh start! For a recap of Elizabeth's 2009, check out her holiday entry in the blog. 2010 promises to be another eventful year. Upcoming engagements include a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, a return appearance at the EG Conference in Monterey, and another Anderson & Roe collaboration with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at the Parlance Chamber Concerts series. For more information on these events, please visit the Schedule page.

2009 by Elizabeth Roe

December 23, 2009

Elizabeth recently returned from Washington, DC, where she gave a benefit concert for the Esperanza Education Fund. She had a marvelous time and is happy to report that over $10,000 were raised for scholarships to be awarded to promising immigrant students. Read more about the event here:

Here are photos from the event:

Warmest wishes to everyone for a joyous holiday season and a healthy, happy, peaceful New Year!

December 15, 2009

Please join Elizabeth in supporting the Esperanza Education Fund's quest for education equality. Read the official press release here.

December 3, 2009

On December 17, Elizabeth will present a benefit concert at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC, to raise scholarship funds for a very worthy organization, the Esperanza Education Fund. Read more about this event here.

November 25, 2009

Elizabeth has just returned from Germany where she had a recording session for her first commercial solo album release. The album will be released in 2010. Forthcoming details will be posted on this space.

During the first half of December, Elizabeth will perform chamber music and solo music in New York City and Washington, DC. On the educational side, she will co-lead a professional development workshop for The Academy—a Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. Additionally, she will wrap up her first semester of teaching at Smith. 

Also, check out this positive review of the November 6 Smith College Rachmaninoff Centennial Celebration concert.

November 4, 2009

Last night, the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo performed Beethoven's legendarily thorny Grosse Fuge in the composer's own four-hand version at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall; wrote: "the famed duo of Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe played the dynamic two-piano fugue variations, with all the tremolos and martial spirit needed." 

On Friday evening, Elizabeth will join forces with pianist Judith Gordon, her Smith faculty colleague, on the stage of Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College. They will perform Rachmaninoff's Second Suite for Two Pianos on the first of two evenings dedicated to the centennial of Rachmaninoff's historic visit to Smith. Read more about this special celebration here.

October 31, 2009

Instead of trick-or-treating, come join Elizabeth at the Kennedy Center for a spectacle of colorful—and yes, frightening—piano music: Anne Midgette at theWashington Post mentions this event on her "Halloween Planner."

October 26, 2009

Last night Elizabeth commemorated the bicentennial of Mendelssohn's birthyear by performing his beloved Piano Concerto in G minor with the Ars Viva Symphony. John von Rhein, classical music critic at The Chicago Tribune, included this concert in his list of highlights of the opening season for classical music.

The Chicago Classical Review gave an enthusiastic review of the concert, including this commentary on her performance: 

"The most familiar part of the program was Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto, as spirited and irresistible a burst of youthful musical vivacity as exists in the repertoire. Elizabeth Joy Roe made her debut with Ars Viva as a teenager a decade ago, and her scintillating rendition of Mendelssohn’s concerto was a highlight of the concert. Roe brought ample bravura to the knuckle-busting outer movements as well as conveying the lyric tenderness, with a musing, Impressionistic quality in the transition to the Andante."

Dorothy Andries at the Pioneer Press also wrote a rave review:

"The afternoon opened with Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Elizabeth Joy Roe as soloist. Roe is a Glenview native, graduate of Glenbrook South High School, who 10 years ago at age 17 played with Ars Viva as the winner of the Steinway Competition. In the ensuing decade she attended The Juilliard School on full scholarship, earning both a bachelor's and master's degree in piano performance. She remained in New York City, concertizing regularly there and throughout the country and is now a Visiting Artist and Professor at Smith College in Massachusetts. 

"Her bravura technique was evident from the first flurry of notes, but she also had a delightful ease at the piano. At one moment she could have been in a fierce piano competition, but then as the mood softened, her manner suggested that she was in a parlor, playing for music-loving friends.

"She watched Heatherington carefully, and their synergy was palpable. He told the audience in advance that this was his favorite piano concerto and he appeared to smile though the whole piece. Roe stretched the tempos in her solo passages, giving a sensitive, heartfelt performance.

"The slender, sparkling gown worn by soloist Elizabeth Joy Roe must be mentioned [...] It was as dazzling as her work at the keyboard."

Elizabeth had a wonderful time performing for the hometown crowd, and she is now gearing up for her solo recital at the Kennedy Center on Halloween.

October 18, 2009

'Tis the season for concerts! Elizabeth makes orchestral, solo, and collaborative appearances in Chicago, DC, NYC, and Northampton over the next couple weeks. See the schedule for details and links.

In the meantime, check out these two links previewing her upcoming performance with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra: 

1) A feature article

2) An interview featured on the Ars Viva website, previewing her October 25 concerto performance:

A personal interview with soloist Elizabeth Joy Roe

Elizabeth, when did you start piano lessons and when did you realize that music would be your career? I started lessons when I was six years old, and I fell in love with the piano immediately. I knew by age ten that I wanted to pursue a life in music.

What do you remember most about performing with Ars Viva 10 years ago?Performing with Ars Viva was a definitive experience in my career because it potently contributed to my passion for concerto playing. Plus, the concert took place at a pivotal juncture in my life: right before my high school graduation (in fact, I think it was prom weekend!) and just a few months before I left Chicago to start college at The Juilliard School. It was a beautiful spring evening, and I remember feeling truly inspired and exhilarated onstage, thanks to the orchestra's spectacular musicianship, Maestro Heatherington's marvelous direction at the podium, and Chopin's exquisite music (the Concerto in F minor). I was also very happy to be performing for the hometown crowd! Looking back, this concert was the perfect capstone of my high school years as well as a promising harbinger of things to come.

What is it about the Mendelssohn Concerto that you particularly like? I love the immediacy and variety of moods in this piece. Within only 20 minutes, the music covers a vast territory of emotional states: it alternates between the impetuous and passionate, the poetic and intimate, the playful and joyous. I think these shifts are emblematic of human nature in all its inconstancy! Plus, Mendelssohn possessed such a natural, effortless gift for music, and the concerto's virtuosic piano writing and brilliant interplay between piano and orchestra attest to his compositional verve.

Who is your favorite concert artist? What a difficult question! So many artists from the past and present have influenced me. If I had to choose the performers of today whom I find particularly inspirational, I would say Martha Argerich, Renee Fleming, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, and Yo-Yo Ma. But again, I am merely scraping the surface!

What music do you like to listen to? Classical, of course, but I like to listen to all sorts of music. I am a lifelong fan of The Beatles, and I have an affinity for British bands and artists in general (like Radiohead and Coldplay). In terms of genres, I lean mostly toward alternative/indie rock, but I also listen to pop, jazz, folk, soundtracks, etc. Basically, I love to explore music in all its diversity -- I believe that good music transcends labels!

What do you like to do in your spare time? One of my favorite things to do is to sit in a cafe with a pot of tea and a really good book! In addition to reading, I enjoy traveling, watching movies, exploring museums, savoring nature, writing, drawing, learning languages, going on the occasional karaoke outing, and spending quality time with family and friends. I wish there were more time in the day to pursue all my interests, but to be truthful, eating well and catching up on sleep are the most essential activities!

August 18, 2009

The website is back and running—thank you all for your patience! Since the March update, Elizabeth has been keeping very busy. Here are highlights of the past few months: she played a pivotal role as performer and educator in the successful inaugural run of the Juilliard in Aiken Festival; performed the Barber Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; concertized with her duo partner Greg in Brookings, Spokane, New York City, Nyack, Milwaukee, Portland, and Washington, DC; released a couple new duo music videos; attended the wedding of one of her best friends in Salt Lake City; and moved to Massachusetts to start a new job at Smith College. An even more eventful fall awaits—stay tuned for (more frequent!) updates on this space and throughout the site.

June 2, 2009

Portland International Piano Festival

Washington International Piano Festival

Positive review on Twitter: "Pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe electrified the crowd at the 6th 'Juilliard in Aiken' concert this week. Brilliant, articulate, passionate."

Juilliard Journal article (with photo of Elizabeth's recital) about the Juilliard in Aiken Festival

The Juilliard Journal's 2008-2009 "Year in Review" Photo Slideshow: Photo 17

March 9, 2009

This week, Elizabeth joins the American Brass Quintet, Biava String Quartet, Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, and other members of the Juilliard community for a special residency in Aiken, SC. She will present a solo recital, give a master class to high school students, and perform with the Biava Quartet. Please visit the official Juilliard in Aiken website for more information.

January 29, 2009

Elizabeth performs as soloist with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra on February 7. She will also give a master class on February 6. Here is an article previewing her appearance:

Also, tonight Elizabeth reunites with Ensemble ACJW in Carnegie Hall's Making Music series: she will perform on celesta and keyboard in a program devoted to Hungarian composer and conductor Peter Eötvös. For more information on tonight's event in Zankel Hall, please click here.