Elizabeth Layton is Senior Lecturer in violin, Head of Strings and Head of Classical Performance at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide.
Elizabeth studied with Pauline Scott at the Yehudi Menuhin School where, aged twelve, she was invited to join Hephzibah and Yehudi Menuhin for a chamber music concert to celebrate the latter’s Golden Jubilee, broadcast from the Royal Festival Hall, London. She continued her studies at the Juilliard School, New York with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki, going on to win the Young Concert Artists Trust Competition.
Elizabeth made her UK concerto debut with the Philharmonia, and has appeared as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bournemouth Symphony, English Sinfonia, Calgary Philharmonic, City of Barcelona Symphony, Lahti Symphony and many others. Festival appearances include Bath, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Cheltenham, Valencia, Gstaad and numerous music societies.
She has toured worldwide with the Nash Ensemble and Trio Zingara, and CD recordings include the complete Beethoven piano trios (nominated for a Gramophone Award) and violin and piano works by Schubert (Daily Telegraph ‘CD Choice’). Other recordings include chamber music by Ravel, Schubert, Brahms, Fauré and Shostakovich forDG, Hyperion, Naxos, BIS and Chandos.
Elizabeth was Associate Leader of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (1998-2010). She has broadcast regularly for the BBC as soloist and director and appeared as guest director of the Scottish Ensemble, Manchester Camerata and Ambache Ensemble. Numerous performances of contemporary solo violin music include a critically acclaimed CD of Jonathan Harvey’s ‘Scena’ with the BBC SSO under Ilan Volkov.
Elizabeth moved to Australia in 2010 and is a guest concertmaster with orchestras in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmania, Auckland and Wellington. She has toured chamber music with ensembles including Selby&Friends, the Australian String Quartet, Flinders String Quartet and the Australia Piano Quartet. Broadcasts for the ABC include recitals for Sunday Live and a performance of Raymond Hanson’s Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
In 2018 she performed with Ensemble Q at the George Town Festival, Penang and gave concerts in Coriole Festival, Coramba Festival and Music by the Springs. In addition to re-invitations to these festivals, in 2019 Elizabeth performs at the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra concert series and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, as well as appearing regularly at the University of Adelaide Concert Series at Elder Hall.
Elizabeth has taught in London at the Guildhall School Junior Department and at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Glasgow. She continues her wider commitment to music education tutoring at the Australian Youth Orchestra courses, also recently participating in the Griffith University/Ensemble Q/Lisa Gasteen Opera School performance of Strauss’s Ariadne Auf Naxos. In 2019, she gives masterclasses and performances at the University of Queensland, the AFCM Winter School, and the Adelaide Chamber Music Festival. In addition to her teaching commitments at the University of Adelaide, Elizabeth directs the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, performing with students in venues around South Australia.
Elizabeth holds a doctorate from the University of Adelaide.