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!

Winter Recap / Spring Forward by Elizabeth Roe

After a very busy winter of concerts and travels across the US (see highlights below), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo will return to its proverbial roots, with performances in the duo's "birthplace" of New York City and also in Hartford (the midway point between Elizabeth and Greg's former residences in Northampton and New Haven, respectively). They will perform in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra's subscription series May 9-12, with Elizabeth featured in Gershwin's classic Jazz Age paean to New York, Rhapsody in Blue. The following week, the A&R Duo will appear in a special event for the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center.


Meeting and performing with jazz legends in Miami:

Elizabeth Joy Roe with Bobby McFerrin, backstage at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Mentoring talented high school and college students at YoungArts Week in Miami:

Elizabeth Joy Roe with music fellows at YoungArts Week

Performing with Trio Ariadne at a Green Music Center gala in Sonoma for an audience that included Yo-Yo Ma, Nancy Pelosi, Clive Gillinson, and Sandy Weill:

Elizabeth Joy Roe, Nancy Pelosi, and Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir

Duo residency at Lawrence University that included a recital, private lessons, master class, lecture, and talks

Trying out composer Albert Glinsky's theremin (with questionable success) in Erie, PA

Giving the finale concert at the MTNA National Conference at Disneyland:

Elizabeth and Greg with (topiary) Mickey and Minnie

Releasing the Anderson & Roe Duos and Duets Series, as well as a new edition of Busoni's Duettino Concertante, under Alfred Music Publishing:

Alfred's new edition of "Duettino Concertante," edited by Anderson & Roe

Returning as performers and emcees at the Fifth Juilliard in Aiken Festival:

A+R Duo, Joye Cottage ballroom (photo by Brent Cline)

Performing at the Palm Beach Opera Guild luncheon at the lavish Mar-a-Lago ballroom

Appearing in Keyboard Magazine's tribute to the late piano legend Van Cliburn

Receiving a private tour of the Talladega Superspeedway with TSS chairman Grant Lynch:

A+R at the Talladega Superspeedway's Victory Lane

Presenting and performing at the EG7 Conference (A+R's fourth time!) :

A+R presenting at EG7 (photo by Chris Holmes)

A+R performing at EG7 (photo by Chris Holmes)

Revisiting New Mexico—and the Mozart Two-Piano Concerto—with conductor Oriol Sans and the Santa Fe Symphony

Extensive film shoots for A+R's most ambitious music video yet; here's a sneak peek:

Screenshot ©2013, Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

More excitement yet to come ... watch this space!