Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute
Walter Piston Chair, endowed in perpetuity
Elizabeth Rowe joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and holds the Walter Piston Principal Flute Chair. Prior to joining the BSO, Ms. Rowe held titled positions with the orchestras of Fort Wayne, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Regularly featured in front of the orchestra, Ms. Rowe has made numerous solo appearances with the BSO, including the American premiere performances of Elliott Carter’s Flute Concerto; Ligeti’s Double Concerto for flute and oboe; Gabriela Lena Frank’s Illapa, Tone Poem for Flute and Orchestra; and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, K.299, as well as the G major flute concerto, K.313. She also joined violinist Pinchas Zuckerman and her BSO colleagues in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos nos. 2 and 5. In 2011 she was a featured soloist in the orchestra’s West Coast tour, with a reprise performance of the Carter Flute Concerto.
A member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Ms. Rowe can be heard in a wide variety of chamber works throughout each season at NEC’s Jordan Hall and in several recordings, including the recently released Grammy-nominated 20th Century French album, Profanes et Sacrées. Noted for her insightful teaching, Ms. Rowe attracts flute students from around the country to her lessons and master classes. She currently serves on the faculties of the New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center and is a regular guest artist at the National Orchestral Institute of Music and the New World Symphony. She previously taught at both the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the University of Maryland.
Elizabeth Rowe grew up in Eugene, Oregon. She received her bachelor of music degree from the University of Southern California, where she was a Trustee Scholar and a student of Jim Walker, former principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her connection to the Boston Symphony dates back to the summer of 1996, when she was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow and performed as principal flute under Seiji Ozawa’s direction in the TMC’s fiftieth-anniversary production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes.