Violinist Elizabeth Fayette is the recently appointed first violinist of the Vega Quartet, now in their eleventh season as Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University. She has been praised by the New York Times for her “alluring, lustrous sound and seasoned virtuosity,” and made her Carnegie Hall debut in October 2013 with the Juilliard Orchestra under conductor Alan Gilbert as the winner of The Juilliard School’s Concerto Competition. In recent seasons she performed with the Houston Symphony as a prizewinner in the Ima Hogg Competition, won Second Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded the 2014 Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Career Grant as well as the 2015 Juilliard/Tel Aviv Museum of Art Sanders Prize. In the upcoming season, Ms. Fayette’s activities with the Vega Quartet will include appearances across the United States and Mexico, as well as numerous performances at Emory University. In addition, Ms. Fayette will also appear in her third season as Concertmaster with Symphony in C, and collaborate with the Marinus Ensemble, the Jupiter Chamber Players and the Manhattan Chamber Players.
Highlights of past seasons include recital appearances at Rockefeller University, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and at Philadelphia’s American Philosophical Society with pianist Adam Golka, presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. As a soloist Ms. Fayette has recently performed with Symphony in C as well as with the New York Classical Players (NYCP). With NYCP, she performed the Martinu Concertino for Piano Trio and Strings with the Sheridan Piano Trio, of which she was a founding member. With the Sheridan Trio, Ms. Fayette has performed throughout Denmark, including at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, as well as in Germany.
Ms. Fayette’s festival appearances include Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire. This past summer she returned for her third summer as a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, where she has performed with musicians such as Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, Bruno Canino, Samuel Rhodes, Peter Stumpf, Michael Tree and Peter Wiley. Of her summer 2014 performance of the Suite from Stravinsky’s L'Histoire du Soldat the Boston Globe wrote that “the playfully sinister tale centers in large part around a soldier’s violin, and Elizabeth Fayette’s incisive playing bristled with character.”
Ms. Fayette was born to a family of musicians, all string players. She received her B.M from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Arnold Steinhardt, and a M.M from the Juilliard School as a student of Sylvia Rosenberg. Most recently, she completed her studies with Ms. Rosenberg in the Juilliard School’s esteemed Artist Diploma program. Ms. Fayette also recently completed a two-year fellowship with Ensemble ACJW, a program administered by Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School which supports young professional musicians in building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.