Violinist ELIZABETH BAKERis enjoying her 30th and nal season with the LA Phil, culminating a 40-year career performing in symphony orchestras. She began her career barely out of graduate school, performing with the San Francisco Symphony 10 seasons before joining the LA Phil in 1987.
She performed with the new music ensemble Xtet for 16 years and the Baroque ensemble Bach’s Circle since 1998. She has performed regularly with the LA Phil’s and SFSO’s new music and chamber music series, presenting premieres from Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Don Davis, Stephen Stucky, and Ellen Taaffe Zwillich, to name a few. She was on the faculty at Cal Arts for 12 years and has worked with YOLA at HOLA since its inception. Baker appeared as soloist three times during her tenure with the LA Phil, all premieres and all receiving critical acclaim. She can be heard on recordings from Hänssler Classics, Delos, New World, and Crystal labels.
Baker holds degrees from Oberlin Con- servatory and Indiana University School of Music. She plays on a Sanctus Seraphin vio- lin, 1733 previously owned by her late mother Virginia Voitlander Baker. Plans upon “retire- ment” are to move to New Mexico with her husband of 24 years, continuing to perform and teach as health and time allow.