Elizabeth Hedman started playing the violin at the age of six, on an instrument given to her by her piano teacher, whose father had been a violinmaker. So began her journey….
Since that time, Ms. Hedman has soloed with orchestras: The Santa Barbara Symphony, The National Repertory Orchestra, The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, The Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and The Seattle Youth Symphony, among others. She has played solo and chamber music recitals across the country as well as Guatemala City and Vancouver, B.C. Other momentous events have included winning the 1994 MTNA National Collegiate Competition; performing with her piano trio, Trio Floraison, in the Cleveland Orchestra’s Pre-Concert Performance and Lecture Series; playing on live radio programs in Seattle, Cleveland, and Los Angeles (“Sundays Live”, performing with members of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra), as well as being
featured in The Seattle Times and other newspapers in her early teens. Her education includes Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she won both the Concerto Competition and the Valedictory Award and was teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein. Her principal violin teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Margaret Pressley, and Naoko Tanaka; and for piano, Beth Hall.
Currently, Elizabeth resides in Los Angeles, and enjoys a diverse musical career that only a city such as this could offer. She is Associate Concertmaster for the Santa Barbara Symphony and Assistant Concertmaster of the Pasadena Symphony & Pops, as well as Principal 2nd Violin of The Los Angeles Master Chorale Orchestra. Elizabeth plays regularly with the Los Angeles Opera. From 2009-2016 she performed at the renowned Oregon Bach Festival, where she acted as Principal Second for select performances. In February of 2010, Elizabeth traveled with a group of musicians to Guatemala City, where they performed several concerts. Out of this adventure, Central4 was formed—a group that has a piano quartet as its nucleus but explores diverse combinations of musicians in its concerts. She is also a member of the Pasadena String Quartet. In 2012, Elizabeth joined the Sierra Summer Festival Faculty and has served as Concertmaster since 2013. She is currently on the violin faculty at The Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Pasadena City College.
Recent recording projects include more than 50 motion pictures and TV Shows: The Book Thief, A Good Day to Die Hard, Monsters University, Salt, Sex And The City 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, X-men: First Class, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Last Jedi, Rise of Skywalker, Black Adam among others, as well as contracting the orchestras and performing for the movies Fly and Moustache, and James Below’s album I Once Was Told, for which she was the featured violin soloist. Elizabeth is also a
recording artist for Buysoundtrax Records and can be heard on various recordings of music from the Twilight films, music from The Bounty, The Snowman, and on Titanic: An Epic Musical Voyage, where she is the featured soloist, concertmaster and orchestra contractor. She is a featured soloist on Schindler’s List: The Music of John Williams, a chamber music album released in
2015. Elizabeth also served as executive producer/contractor on A Hopeful Place: A Song Cycle for Soprano & Chamber Orchestra, which was released on Navona Records in 2016. Current producing projects include “ Jo, The Little Women Musical”. Her discography can be found at Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify and other retail outlets.