Elizabeth Van Wirt

Elizabeth Van Wirt's Biography

Percussionist Elizabeth Galvan is attracting attention as a top prize winner of the recent Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium, July 2011. A native of Michigan, Elizabeth was first recognized on marimba as the best instrumental soloist in the state, winning the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Concerto Competition. Since then, she has had diverse performances throughout the United States and beyond.

Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, attending with a full-tuition merit scholarship. Studying with internationally-known composer and percussionist Ney Rosauro, she graduated with summa cum laude honors, and was chosen from the Frost School of Music's Instrumental Performance Department as the Most Outstanding Graduate. She received a Master's Degree, also summa cum laude, in percussion performance from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in 2010.

No stranger to the concert stage, Elizabeth Galvan was invited and played in the International Youth Asian Arts Festival in Kagoshima, Japan. In Carnegie Hall, Elizabeth played in the world premier of Christopher Rouse's first wind ensemble composition. She has given many recitals throughout Michigan, Florida, and New York, and performed as a principal percussionist, soloist, mentor, and volunteer. She is recorded as a soloist on Ney Rosauro's cd "Early Mallet Works". Elizabeth currently lives in Miami, Florida and is active as not only a performer but also as a teacher, educator and clinician. She is adjunct percussion faculty at Miami Dade College. Elizabeth is a proud Yamaha Performing Artist.

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