Praised by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for her “crisp, brightly finished” playing and her “elegance and verve,” pianist Elizabeth Dorman received the 2017 Father Merlet Award from Pro Musicis and was a finalist in the 2018 Leipzig International Bach Competition. Dr. Dorman freelances as a soloist and chamber musician and lives in Berkeley, CA. She has appeared at international festivals including Tanglewood, Britt, Sarasota, Aspen, Toronto Summer Music, Icicle Creek, has twice been an Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre and her live solo performances have been nationally broadcast on NPR and public radio. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician at important venues including the Kennedy Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theater, Leipzig’s Hochschule für Musik "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy," and has performed with internationally recognized artists including Colin Carr, Jennifer Frautschi, Teddy Abrams, and Martin Chalifour.
Dr. Dorman studied with Gilbert Kalish at Stony Brook University where she also developed and taught the Piano Pedagogy program while completing her D.M.A. During her time at Stony Brook, she also served as Head Piano Teaching Assistant where her duties included teaching and managing the undergraduate piano program. A native of San Francisco, CA, Dr. Dorman began her training with Paul Hersh at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she also studied double bass with Stephen Tramontozzi. Important other mentors also include Robert Levin, Ian Swensen, the Emerson String Quartet, Christina Dahl, Wu Han, and Emanuel Ax.