The American violinist and soprano, Elizabeth Derham, attended the Aspen Music Festival and School during the Summers of 2006-2010, as a fellowship recipient. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree (2011) and her Master of Music degree in violin (2012), both from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. She studied violin there with Joseph Lin and Naoko Tanaka, and played frequently with the New Juilliard Ensemble and AXIOM. In 2011, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Fontainebleau Summer Festival, where her quartet received the Chamber Music Award.
Elizabeth Derham has been concertmaster an co-concertmaster of numerous orchestras. Career highlights include soloing with the New York Young Musicians Ensemble on tour in Italy, playing the American and Israeli national anthems for the Pave The Way Foundation 2004 Annual Dinner at the Harmonie Club in Manhattan, winning the 2007 Abraham Katz Memorial Award in the Friday Woodmere Music Club Young Artists competition, and giving the Western Hemisphere premieres of four new string quartets at the MOMA’s Summergardens outdoor concert series. As a violinist, she is a member of the Imaginary Timescapes string quartet. Also an active choral soprano, she sings with the Amuse Singers, C4: the Choral Composers/Conductors Collective, and the St. Agnes Schola Cantorum.
Elizabeth Derham is an avid performer of new music, having worked with artists such as David Lang, Magnus Lindberg, Robert Wilson, and Bill T. Jones; and she has premiered numerous works by composers at Juilliard, Aspen, and Fontainebleau, as well as works by freelance composers around New York City. In November 2012 Elizabeth Derham and Karen Siegel premiered Nigun, a work by the latter for two sopranos and electronics that was reprised in February 2013.
Elizabeth Derham is married to fellow musician Trevor Doherty, a composer also studying at Juilliard. While Eilzabeth and Trevor have yet to make their professional performing debut, they can often be heard making music together, whether it’s just reading through songs, or writing them, or performing for their friends.