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Elizabeth Klein

Associate Principal Flute, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Marian Gray Lewis chair, endowed in perpetuity

Principal Flute, Boston Pops Orchestra
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Connell chair, endowed in perpetuity

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Elizabeth Klein joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and was named associate principal flute in 1997. Klein grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, and graduated in 1994 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was a student of Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. During her freshman year at Curtis, she won first prize in the quadrennial Koussevitzky Competition for Woodwinds. She spent a summer with the National Repertory Orchestra and was a featured soloist during the Festival of Contemporary Music as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. Klein has been featured in BSO performances of Frank Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds and has also performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, New Jersey Symphony, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, and Masterworks Festival Orchestra. A frequent performer in solo and chamber recitals, she has appeared locally with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the Boston Artists Ensemble. She has premiered several works written for her: at Jordan Hall, Michael Gandolfi's Geppetto's Workshop for flute and piano; Dan Coleman's Pavanes and Symmetries for flute and orchestra; and at Gordon College, Jeremy Begbie's Good Measure for flute and piano, after a poem by Malcolm Guite. In addition, she premiered Eric Ostling’s (3,2,1) Three Episodes for Two Flutes and Wind Ensemble in a teacher-student collaboration with flutist Sara Simpson and the MIT Wind Ensemble. In May 2017, Klein graduated summa cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a master's degree in spiritual formation. There, she studied Christian piety in various eras of church history, as lived by individuals such as the Stockbridge, MA, Puritan missionary Jonathan Edwards and the composers Hildegard of Bingen and Olivier Messiaen. She has lectured on Christ and the arts at the Institute for Christian Unity and performed in lecture events for Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. Klein is on the flute faculty of Boston University.

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