Elizabeth Baker, violin

    Violinist Elizabeth Baker is enjoying her 30th and final season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, culminating a 40 year career performing in symphony orchestras. She began her career, barely out of graduate school, playing 10 seasons with the San Francisco Symphony before joining the LA Phil in 1987.
     Baker appeared as soloist three times during her tenure with the LA Phil, all premieres and all receiving critical acclaim. In addition she performed with the new music ensemble Xtet for 16 years and the Baroque ensemble Bach’s Circle since 1998. She also performed throughout the Western US, appearing at Chamber Music Northwest, Oregon Bach Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Sedona, South Bay Chamber Music Series, and Arco Santi.
     Baker has appeared regularly with both the LA Phil’s and SFSO’s new music and chamber music group series, presenting West Coast and world premieres from composers such as Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Don Davis, Stephen Stucky, and Ellen Taaffe Zwillich, to name a few. She can be heard on recordings from Hänssler classics, Delos, New World and Crystal labels.
     Baker was on the faculty at California Institute of Arts for 12 years and has worked with Youth Orchestra LA at HOLA (heart of Los Angeles) since its inception. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (1976) and Indiana University School of Music (1978, with Distinction). Baker plays on a Sanctus Seraphin Violin, 1733, previously owned by her late mother Virginia Voigtlander Baker.