Elizabeth Derham leads a double musical life as a violinist and choral soprano. Hailed by the Times as a “high energy performer,” Elizabeth engages a variety of styles and time periods, making music in many places, from the soaring candle-lit nave of St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the disco-lit stage of Terminal 5, from New Jersey malls to Rocky Mountain summits.
An enthusiastic performer of new music, Elizabeth has worked with artists such as John Zorn, Mark Adamo, David Lang, Magnus Lindberg, and John Adams. During her time at Juilliard, she performed frequently with the New Juilliard Ensemble and AXIOM, premiering numerous works by student and faculty composers. For the past three years, Elizabeth has participated in MoMA’s Summergarden series as a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble. Last Summer, Elizabeth performed in the Bang on a Can Marathon with Contemporaneous! ensemble, showcasing ambient music of Jherek Bischoff and Andrew Norman. Elizabeth frequents the pop/rock scene, and has collaborated with former Dresden Dolls member Amanda Palmer in concerts, including a performance of Purple Rain on NYE 2013.
During the Summer of 2011, Elizabeth traveled to Fontainebleau, France, to perform in a 4 week long festival of chamber and solo works under the direction of Philippe Entremont. In Summer 2012, Elizabeth performed in London at the BBC Proms as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra under John Adams, performing Adams' City Noir and music of Ottorino Respighi. In April 2013, Elizabeth represented The Juilliard School as a SYLFF Fellow in Vienna, performing chamber music with students from the Vienna University and Paris Conservatoire.
An acclaimed choral soprano, Elizabeth performs great Renaissance and Early Baroque Masses with the Schola Cantorum of St. Agnes every week as part of their Tridentine Liturgy. She has also been a member of C4 ensemble, with whom she is a featured soprano soloist on their recent album Volume 1: Uncaged.
Elizabeth recently completed her Masters degree in violin performance at Juilliard under the direction of Joseph Lin and Naoko Tanaka. She is a founding member of the Canite quartet, a string ensemble dedicated exclusively to performing works with voice. She resides on Long Island with her mythologically-named pets, Circe (an Australian shepherd) and Loki (a cockatiel).