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Elizabeth Dorman

San Francisco, CA

Piano - Sponsored by Farhad Ghatan


Praised by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for her “crisp, brightly finished” playing and her “elegance and verve,” pianist Elizabeth Dorman has soloed with orchestra in Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, Davies Symphony Hall, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

A recent winner of the 2017 Father Merlet Award from Pro Musicis, Elizabeth performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a member of New York’s Bridge Arts Ensemble. Her live performances have been broadcast on national public radio, and she has appeared at summer festivals including Toronto, Sarasota, Aspen, Tanglewood, Icicle Creek, and was an Artist in Residence for two seasons at the Banff Centre.  


Currently based in New York City, Elizabeth is a doctoral candidate of Gilbert Kalish at Stony Brook University, where she also serves as Adjunct Professor of Piano Pedagogy. For three years, Mr. Kalish's Head Teaching Assistant by managing and teaching the undergraduate piano program as well as coaching chamber music.  A passionate educator, she has previously held teaching positions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division and has been piano faculty at summer festivals including the Icicle Creek Music Center and San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Summer Music West. 

In addition to the 2016 Father Merlet Award, Elizabeth has also received Stony Brook University’s Gilbert Kalish Scholarship, San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Presidential Scholarship, the Marsha Pannone Award for Artistic Excellence,  the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Ross McKee competition, and the California Young Artist’s Beethoven Competition. 

A native of San Francisco, Elizabeth began her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she received her Bachelors of Music and was the school’s first double instrument major, studying piano with Paul Hersh, and double bass with Stephen Tramontozzi.

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