Elizabeth Means


Cellist ELIZABETH MEANS has shared her versatile artistry as concert soloist, recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician throughout Europe and United States. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with Pinchas Zuckerman and the Manhattan School of Music’s Chamber Sinfonia and was a Fellow for three consecutive summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, performing and recording with some of the most prominent artists of our time including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, John Williams, and Renee Fleming. Awarded the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize, she was featured with Bobby McFerrin in the PBS special The Music Instinct: Science and Song.

After completing intense performance studies in Berlin, Germany with former principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Wolfgang Boettcher, Ms. Means served as principal cellist of Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra, the Kurt Masur Seminar Orchestra and for the Elliott Carter Centenary Celebration at the Tanglewood Music Center’s Festival of Contemporary Music. She was a member of the prestigious contemporary music Claremont Ensemble led by the famed composer Richard Danielpour and has had master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, and Lynn Harrell among others.

Equally at home as both a performer and teacher, Ms. Means holds degrees from the University of Southern California (B.M., B.A.), Universitaet der Kuenste Berlin (Konzertexamen) and from the Manhattan School of Music’s distinguished Orchestral Performance Program (M.M.). In collaboration with her education at USC, she completed pedagogical training at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, and through a generous Fellowship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, she supplemented her performance studies with pedagogical courses at the UdK in Berlin, Germany. Her students have gone on to make their solo debuts at Carnegie Hall and win scholarships to major universities.

A believer in the lifelong process of learning and development, she completed her Suzuki Teacher Training at the School for Strings in New York City with Pamela Devenport and has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Allen Lieb, Carey Beth Hockett, Carey Cheney and Gilda Barston. Ms. Means is a guest lecturer/teacher at the Universitaet der Kuenste Berlin in Berlin, Germany and is a faculty member at the School for Strings in New York City and at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, where she is Chair of the Suzuki Cello/Bass Departments.