Elizabeth Mann

Orchestra of St. Luke’s principal flutist Elizabeth Mann is a featured performer in concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. She is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has played principal flute with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and recently recorded and performed as associate principal flute with the New York Philharmonic. She has been principal flute of the Santa Fe Opera and Minnesota Orchestra, flutist of the Dorian Wind Quintet, and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Liz has toured the U.S. performing the Mozart Flute Concerto under the baton of André Previn, soloed with Renée Fleming at Carnegie Hall, and performed the “Brandenburg” Concertos with Jaime Laredo in Spain and Japan. She gave the U.S. premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for Flute and Violin with Gidon Kremer, and premiered a solo flute piece by Joan Tower and a concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies. Liz has been featured at numerous festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria, and Caramoor Music Festival. She can be heard on more than 100 recordings, including a critically acclaimed CD of Chopin flute and harp transcriptions with Deborah Hoffmann titled Reflections. Liz is a well-known teacher in New York and gives masterclasses across the country. She is involved with the Orpheus Institute at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, and teaches at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. After winning the Boston Young Artist Concerto Competition at age12, Liz’s career began with a solo performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She attended The Juilliard School as a student of Julius Baker.

Photo credit Paul Goode

Get to Know Liz

When did you begin playing your instrument and why?
I started playing the flute when I was eight years old. My parents gave me piano lessons when I was five, and then after hearing Jean Pierre Rampal play a recital, I asked them if I could switch to the flute.

If you could meet any musician or composer, who would you choose?
I would love to meet Mozart. He wrote so much beautiful music featuring the flute—not just concertos and chamber music, but also in his symphonies and operas. Everyone asks me, "Did Mozart really dislike the flute?" He was once quoted as saying so. If I were to meet him, I would say, "Wolfie, please set the record straight!"