Cellist Elizabeth Thompson was invited to join The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in 1998 as the orchestra gradually expanded its cello section to 3 players in preparation for the move to the Kimmel Center. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician all over the country, first touring with her piano trio in the Music From Oberlin program and later as soloist and principal cellist on tour in the South Pacific and Oceania. She has been heard on Music from Oberlin radio, WQXR Young Artist Showcase, and more recently on WNYC New Sounds with John Schaefer.
Ms. Thompson serves as principal cellist for numerous orchestras in the northeast and frequently performs in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in addition to the Kimmel Center. She can be heard on a variety of recordings from Glen Burtnik’s Palookaville on the Deka label, to Laurie Altman’s jazz quartets on the Albany label, to traditional chamber works on Naxos and Arabesque.
Ms. Thompson has enjoyed a 25 year relationship with Westminster Choir College playing chamber music with students and faculty, serving as continuo cello for the choirs, and managing the musicians for the Department of Opera Theater. Clearly a lover of vocal music, she has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Berkshire Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice where she is currently principal cello. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Thompson is a member of the Riverside String Quartet and has had the opportunity to collaborate with many great musicians, including Bernard Greenhouse, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Theodore Lettvin, Robert Levin, and Fred Sherry.
Ms. Thompson holds a B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied cello with Richard Kapuscinsky and conducting with Robert Spano. She holds a M.M. degree from Rutgers University, where she studied with Bernard Greenhouse. Her other principal teachers have included Harvey Shapiro and Zara Nelsova.