Lizzie Burns

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Double Bass Faculty

Instrumental Studies

The Hartt School

New England Conservatory

Boston University

Musician & Teaching Artist Lizzie Burns is a sought after and experienced bassist who performs regularly in Chamber Orchestras, Continuo Sections, Rhythm Sections, New Music Ensembles. She has recorded for major Motion Picture Soundtracks and Record Labels, given dozens of World Premieres, is a member of The Knights and A Far Cry, and is on faculty at the Hartt School of Music and the Mannes Conservatory at The New School.

Lizzie draws abundant inspiration from her colleagues and feels fortunate to work with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, New Orchestra of Washington, New York City Ballet Orchestra, The Knights, and A Far Cry. As an experienced historical bassist she has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society and Teatro Neuovo. She is energized by collaborations with composers and has premiered compositions by Julia Wolfe, Caroline Shaw, Pauline Oliveros, Andy Akihio, and Jörg Widmann among many others. Burns played on Broadway alongside Josh Groban in “Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812” as well as the American Repertory Theater’s productions of “Great Comet'' and “Moby Dick”. She has played on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and has performed with and recorded for Jon Batiste. She has recorded for the Sony Masterworks, Naxos, and Nonesuch record labels and can be heard on the soundtracks of popular motion pictures including the HBO series “Succession”.

As an alum of Ensemble Connect, a rigorous two-year fellowship program based at Carnegie Hall, Lizzie is an experienced Teaching Artist who equally enjoys engaging with audiences from the stage of Carnegie Hall as she does performing in homeless shelters, for incarcerated communities and working with public school students in the Bronx.

Lizzie attended the New England Conservatory and Boston University. Her primary teachers are Don Palma and Ed Barker, to whom she is eternally grateful.