A native of Hamden, CT, violinist Elizabeth “Libby” Phelps is active as an orchestral, chamber, and baroque musician and happy to be teaching at EMF for a fifth summer. From 2013 to 2018, she held the position as Principal Second Violin of the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh before relocating to Seattle, WA to join her partner and fellow EMF faculty member, Matthew Decker, where she plays regularly with the Seattle Symphony. In 2017, she began playing at the Grand Tetons Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming, and also performed in a recital with Jeannette Sorrell. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Elizabeth completed a four-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL where she served as concertmaster under Michael Tilson-Thomas and collaborated with Christian Tetzlaff and Paula Robison in chamber performances. Previously, she performed with the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago and participated in both the Verbier and Lucerne Festivals of Switzerland. On baroque violin, she has performed with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, New Trinity Baroque, and the Mallarmé Chamber Players. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Paul Kantor and Stephen Rose. Passionate about body awareness, she practices Pilates on a regular basis, and also enjoys good coffee and art.
- Elizabeth Phelps
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