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Elizabeth Rowe

  • Flute (BSO principal)

Boston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe joined the BSO in 2004 and holds the Walter Piston Principal Flute Chair. Rowe joined the NEC faculty a year later.

Prior to joining the BSO, Rowe held titled positions with the orchestras of Fort Wayne, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.

Regularly featured in front of the orchestra, Rowe’s numerous solo appearances with the BSO include the American premiere performances of Elliott Carter’s Flute Concerto; the Ligeti Concerto for Flute and Oboe; Gabriela Lena Frank’s Illapa, Tone Poem for Flute and Orchestra; and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, K.299 as well as the G major flute concerto, K.313. She has also joined violinist Pinchas Zuckerman and her BSO colleagues in performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 2 and 5. In 2011 she was a featured soloist in the orchestra’s West Coast tour, with a reprise performance of the Carter Flute Concerto.

A member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Rowe can be heard in a wide variety of chamber works throughout the season at NEC’s Jordan Hall and in several recordings, including the recently released Grammy-nominated 20th-century French album, Profanes et Sacrées.

Noted for her insightful teaching, Rowe attracts flute students from around the country to her lessons and masterclasses. She currently serves on the faculties of New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center, and is a regular guest artist at the National Orchestral Institute of Music and the New World Symphony. She has previously taught at both the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the University of Maryland.

Elizabeth Rowe grew up in Eugene, Oregon. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where she was a Trustee Scholar and a student of Jim Walker, former principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Rowe’s connection to the Boston Symphony dates back to the summer of 1996, when she was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow and performed as principal flute under the direction of Seiji Ozawa in the TMC’s 50th-anniversary production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes.

B.M. (Trustee Scholar), University of Southern California. Studies with Jim Walker. Former faculty of Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of Maryland. Also faculty and guest artist at Tanglewood Music Center, National Orchestral Institute of Music, New World Symphony.

Photo by Marco Borggreve/courtesy BSO


  • BSO solo appearances in American premiere Elliott Carter Flute Concerto
  • Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, 1966
  • Regular guest artist, National Orchestral Institute of Music, New World Symphony


  • Boston Symphony Chamber Players
  • Boston Classical Orchestra


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