Elizabeth Mikhael (Née Means)
Cellist Elizabeth Mikhael made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with Pinchas Zuckerman and the Manhattan School of Music’s Chamber Sinfonia, was a Fellow for three consecutive summers at the Tanglewood Music Center and was awarded the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize. Collaborations include performing alongside Bobby McFerrin in Brian Greene’s PBS special The Music Instinct: Science and Song, the world premiere of Peruvian/Chinese/Lithuanian/Jewish composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s Puntos Suspensivos with Ballet Hispanico and recording with rising folk star Emily Mure on her album Odyssey. As a core principal player with New York City’s Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, she appears regularly at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in a myriad of cross-cultural programs. Her most recent performances include classical recitals in Mexico City at the Palacio de Bellas Artes and at Carnegie Hall with pianist Santiago Piñeirúa. Elizabeth toured the US with Rez Abbasi’s band, Invocation, and is featured on his album “Unfiltered Universe” with Rudresh Manahthappa, Vijay Iyer, Johannes Weidenmueller, and Dan Weiss. Elizabeth holds degrees from the University of Southern California, the Manhattan School of Music’s distinguished Orchestral Performance Program, and the Universität der Künste Berlin, as a Fellowship recipient from the Konrad- Adenauer-Stiftung. Elizabeth completed her Suzuki Teacher Training at the School for Strings in New York City with Pamela Devenport and has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Allen Lieb, Carey Beth Hockett, Carey Cheney and Gilda Barston. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Elizabeth is a faculty member at the School for Strings in New York City.