highlights of the year / by Elizabeth Roe

Elizabeth had an exciting year, marked by significant projects, travels, and changes. Here are 13 highlights of '13:

1. Appearing alongside Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Mark O'Connor, Terence Blanchard, Shelly Berg, Eric Owens, and Desmond Richardson at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for a special, one-time-only "Jazz at the Philharmonic" event

Dress rehearsal at the Arsht featuring jazz legends

Classical piano meets jazz: Elizabeth Joy Roe with jazz great Dave Grusin

2. Meeting and playing for Yo-Yo Ma and Nancy Pelosi at the Green Music Center

3. Performing at Disneyland for the MTNA National Conference's closing gala

4. Presenting on creative risk-taking at the EG Conference

Elizabeth at EG7 in Monterey, CA

5. Performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in subscription concerts with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Anderson & Roe with Maestro Carolyn Kuan of the HSO

6. Filming and releasing The Rite of Spring: A Musical Odyssey, a 10-part film homage to Stravinsky's seminal work

'Rite of Spring 100' film shoot in the desert

7. Traveling to Iceland for the first time for a chamber music residency with Decoda

Decoda residency in Iceland

8. Recording an all-Mozart piano duo album (to be released in February 2014)

Mozart album sessions at SUNY-Purchase with acclaimed engineer/producer Steven Epstein

9. Starting and shaping a new residency at Sonoma State University community as Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence with Trio Ariadne

Trio Ariadne (Carol McGonnell, Elizabeth Joy Roe, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir) perform at the Green Music Center

10. Autumn trip to London (special project TBA)

EJR in London

11. New partnership with Alfred Music Publishing and a guest blog for Gramophone

12. Concerts in Palm Beach, Santa Fe, Hawaii, and other breathtaking places throughout the US

Leis in Honolulu!

13. Anderson & Roe's second tour of China (including recitals at China's top concert halls: the NCPA in Beijing, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Shenzhen Concert Hall, and Guangzhou's Xinghai Concert Hall)

A&R in Shanghai

As always, more music and adventures to come .... Happy New Year to all!