Dr. Elizabeth Richards is a performing cellist and consummate teacher. As a passionate and dedicated educator, she maintains a private studio of cello students ages 5-76. She believes in patient and carefully guided musical instruction to create an environment where any student can make successful strides. Formerly, she was Director of Instrumental Music at Academia de la Recta Porta in Washington D.C. and was cello instructor at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD. She currently teaches cello at the Virginia Beach School of the Arts and will be teaching Suzuki Cello at the Academy of Music beginning in the fall.
As an active performer in the Hampton Roads area, Dr. Richards has played with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Williamsburg Sinfonia, and Richmond Symphony, as well as with orchestras in the Washington D.C. area. She has performed on concert stages around the country, including the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Lyric, Lincoln Center, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts center, as well as numerous other venues across the U.S., Canada, and Italy. Currently, Dr. Richards is the acting Co-Artistic Director of the Annapolis Chamber Music Project and is the Executive Director of the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia.
Dr. Richards has participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the International Festival at Round Top, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival, the Heber Springs Music Festival, the Academie at Le Domaine Forget, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She was a prizewinner in the LSU Concerto Competition and a finalist in the University of Maryland Concerto Competition.
In 2012, she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland and was a member of the Adelphi Quartet, the graduate string quartet-in-residence, under the tutelage of the Guarneri Quartet and the Left Bank Quartet. She also earned a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Louisiana State University, and Bachelors in Music Performance and Education (Instrumental Music K-12) from Ithaca College. Her primary cello teachers were Evelyn Elsing, Dennis Parker, and Elizabeth Simkin.