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 and Lady Theodore Holland Prize 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).
Elizabeth freelances as an orchestral and ensemble player throughout the UK and Europe and has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Concert Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and for recording sessions at Abbey Road, Air, Angel and RAK Studios. She has performed at venues including Vienna’s Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and has performed for radio and live television broadcasts. Elizabeth has a keen interest in Contemporary music and has also worked with dedicated contemporary ensembles including the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Lontano.
Elizabeth is a 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 is currently an artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and has taken bookings with many leading music festivals in the U.K., both as a soloist and chamber musician. 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 in a variety of settings including on residential courses for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, for classes and workshops at leading higher education institutions such as King’s College, London and as a private teacher in and around her home in North East London.