Walter Piston chair, endowed in perpetuity
BSO principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and holds the Walter Piston Principal Flute Chair. Prior to joining the BSO, Ms. Rowe held titled positions with the orchestras of Fort Wayne, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Regularly featured in front of the orchestra, she has been soloist with the BSO in Elliott Carter's Flute Concerto (including its American premiere performances under James Levine in February 2010, followed by later performances in Boston and San Francisco); the Ligeti Double Concerto for flute and oboe with Christoph von Dohnányi conducting and BSO principal oboe John Ferrillo; Gabriela Lena Frank's Illapa, Tone Poem for Flute and Orchestra, with Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting; Mozart's G major flute concerto, K.313, with which she made her first BSO appearance as a concerto soloist in August 2008, under André Previn's direction at Tanglewood; Frank Martin's Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments, Timpani, Percussion, and Strings in October 2012; Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 5 and 2 at Tanglewood in 2012 and 2013, respectively; Mozart's C major concerto for flute and harp in 2016 in Boston and at Tanglewood, with BSO principal harp Jessica Zhou; and, most recently, Leonard Bernstein's Ḥalil in September 2017, in the BSO's season-opening all-Bernstein program with Andris Nelsons conducting. In November 2017, she and Ms. Zhou perform Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp with Andris Nelsons and the BSO during the orchestra's tour that month to Japan. Noted for her insightful teaching, Ms. Rowe attracts flute students from around the country to her lessons and master classes. She works regularly with students at the New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center and is a frequent guest artist at the New World Symphony. She previously taught at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and University of Maryland. A member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, she can be heard in a wide variety of chamber works throughout the season at NEC's Jordan Hall and in several recordings. Elizabeth Rowe grew up in Eugene, Oregon. She received her bachelor of music degree from the University of Southern California, where she was a Trustee Scholar and a student of Jim Walker, former principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. Rowe's connection to the Boston Symphony Orchestra dates back to the summer of 1996, when she was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow and performed as principal flute under Seiji Ozawa's direction in the TMC production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes that marked the fiftieth anniversary of the opera's 1946 American premiere at Tanglewood.