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Elizabeth Pridgen

Piano

Elizabeth Pridgen

Biography

Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen enjoys a distinguished career as both a soloist and chamber musician. In 2014 she was appointed Artistic Director of the forty year old Atlanta Chamber Players, one of the leading chamber ensembles in the United States.

Ms. Pridgen has appeared in concerts at Carnegie's Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, "Rising Stars Series" at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and in recitals in London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Washington D.C., Miami, San Francisco and throughout the Southeast. She performs regularly at festivals including the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Rome, Italy, the Kon-Tiki Chamber Music Festival in Oslo, Norway, The Aspen Music Festival, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Madison Chamber Music Festival and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Pridgen has collaborated with such artists as Elmar Oliveira, Robert McDuffie ,Anne Akiko Meyers, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Lynn Harrell, the Diaz String Trio, Cuarteto Latinoamericano and the American String Quartet. Ms. Pridgen is a member of the Cortona Trio with violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and cellist Julie Albers and the Georgian Chamber Players.

Ms. Pridgen is currently a Distinguished Artist and Piano Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings and holds the G.Leslie Fabian Piano Chair at the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. Her recordings include the Liszt transcription of Berlioz's Harold in Italy released in 2014 on Orchid Classics. Soon to be released by Artek is Chausson's Concert for Violin and Piano with violinist Andrés Cárdenes. 

Ms. Pridgen began her piano studies at age five and her first concert appearances were with her grandfather, violinist Martin Sauser, former Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Joseph Kalichstein and her bachelor's degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Ann Schein.