Elizabeth Bass enjoys a varied life as a professional harpist working as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral and ensemble player and recording artist across the U.K. and beyond. Elizabeth has won both national and international prizes – most notably, becoming the first British person to reach the final of the USA International Harp Competition, 2016, winning the Silver Medal – and enjoys performing for major music festivals and societies across the U.K. Other international and national awards include first prize in the 2014 Camac Harp Competition, an International Lyon&Healy Award in 2013, and the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize (2016) and Lady Theodore Holland Prize (2017) at the Royal Academy of Music.
Elizabeth has been fortunate to study with incredible teachers both privately (Eleanor Turner, Sivan Magen) and at the Royal Academy of Music (Skaila Kanga) and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Isabelle Moretti) where she is currently in the final year of her Masters programme, balancing her studies with her work in London. Elizabeth is deeply grateful to La Fondation Meyer and the Fonds de Tarrazi for supporting her in her studies in Paris.
Elizabeth freelances as an orchestral and ensemble player throughout the UK and Europe and has performed with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and for recording sessions at all the major London studios. Elizabeth has a keen interest in Contemporary music and has also worked with dedicated contemporary ensembles including the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Lontano and the London Sinfonietta.
Elizabeth is a 2020-22 PDGYA Making Music winner; Making Music’s prestigious Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artists Awards recognise the finest young musical talent in the UK today, offering performance platforms with Making Music's 3,700+ group members. Elizabeth is also Live Music Now artist - a scheme founded by the legendary violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, which seeks to bring high quality music to those who might otherwise never experience live music. Elizabeth has taken the harp into SEN Schools, Carehomes and Psychiatric Hospital Schools, using the warmth and versatility of the instrument to connect with others. Elizabeth was also an artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme from 2018-20 and has taken bookings with many leading music festivals in the U.K. Elizabeth has become the most recent member of the pioneering Harp Quartet, 4 Girls 4 Harps, and enjoys performing original works, commissions and arrangements, showcasing the incredible potential and verve of four harps combined.
Elizabeth enjoys teaching and has tutored on residential courses for the National Children’s Orchestra of GB, for classes and workshops at leading higher education institutions such as King’s College, London and as the Harp Teacher at Oundle School.
Elizabeth recently became the owner of a rare 1930s Lyon&Healy Harp, made possible by the generous support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.