Lizzie is a British cellist from Merseyside, currently studying for an Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tutelage of Felix Schmidt. She holds a first class honours degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Gillian Thoday, graduating in 2018. She began learning the cello age 7 with Nick Byrne through the Wirral Music Service and went on to study with Alexander Holladay from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of 16 she began studying at the Junior RNCM with Tim Smedley before undertaking her undergraduate degree in performance.
Lizzie is a second study Baroque cellist at the Academy, studying with Joseph Crouch. She performs regularly with the charity Early Music as Education, where she is grateful to be employed as a cello tutor and receive further tuition from Dr Alberto Sanna.
In 2015 Lizzie made her concerto debut playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Easter Orchestral Society and since then has played Granville Bantock’s rarely played ‘Sapphic Poem’ and Gustav Holst’s ‘Invocation’ with the Port Sunlight Orchestra. Lizzie has a keen interest in Contemporary music, collaborating with British composer, Carmel Smickersgill on a new piece for the 2017 Decontamination Series at the RNCM and also performed Carmel’s piece ‘All Tied Up With Strings’ for string quartet in the final of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, 2018. Lizzie is honoured to have received masterclasses from esteemed cellists such as, Giovanni Sollima, Miklos Perenyi, Alice Neary and Rebecca Gilliver.
As a keen chamber musician, Lizzie plays in the Alegria Piano Trio, who have been finalists in the Hirsch prize at the RNCM. Lizzie has also performed in the solo quartet for Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro at the Great Bowden Music Fest and had the opportunity to perform the first movement of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Elias quartet whilst at the RNCM.
Lizzie is an experienced orchestral musician, playing in many projects at the RNCM, both as section leader and in the tutti. Most recently she performed with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra with the conductor Robert Trevino. She was principal cello of the National Youth String orchestra for three years, playing at major concert venues such as Kings Place and the Sage Gateshead as well as taking a tour of Denmark in 2014.
Her teaching and outreach includes work with the Manchester Camerata Outreach department as well as her work with Early Music as Education.