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, Ms. Rowe’s solo appearances with the BSO include the American premiere performances of Elliott Carter’s Flute Concerto under the direction of James Levine, the Ligeti Concerto for Flute and Oboe with Christoph von Dohnanyi conducting, Gabriela Lena Frank’s Illapa, Tone Poem for Flute and Orchestra under the direction of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, K.313, under the direction of André Previn. She was also a featured soloist in the orchestra’s 2011 West Coast tour, with a reprise performance of the Carter Flute Concerto.

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 the 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.

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.

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 recently returned to Los Angeles to join Walker as a guest teacher at his week-long intensive course, “Beyond the Masterclass.”

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.

Bachelor of Music (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 Tom Kates



  • 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