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Elizabeth Lyon


Currently a fourth-year PhD student in Cornell’s Music department, Elizabeth Lyon is a musicologist and performer on both modern and historical cellos.  Salutatorian of her college class at Columbia in 2011 and recipient of the William Schuman prize graduating from The Juilliard School in 2013, Elizabeth completed the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard joint degree program with a BA in Classical Studies and MM in violoncello.  Her mentors and teachers have included Andrew Hicks, Charles Brittain, Tad Brennan, Phoebe Carrai, Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, and Katja Vogt and she has attended such festivals as Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School, The Banff Centre, and the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau.  Elizabeth revels in performing music from the late Renaissance through the twenty-first century and has played in ensembles such as AXIOM, Juilliard 415, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.  As a PhD student at Cornell, Elizabeth researches ancient music theory, its philosophical ramifications in ethics and metaphysics, and its reception in late Medieval and Renaissance music theory and music.


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