Praised for her “ability to unfold bittersweet magic” (Rhein Main Presse) and “perfect command of her instrument” (Florsheim Zeitung), Canadian violinist Mary-Elizabeth Brown enjoys a busy schedule as a chamber musician, recitalist and concertmaster. In recent seasons, she has toured as a soloist in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and has appeared with distinguished colleagues at the Festival Campos do Jordao (Brazil), Mozarteum Uruguay, The White House (USA), the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Indian River Festival, Elora Festival and Banff Summer Arts Festival (Canada).
Mary-Elizabeth is demand as an orchestral leader and has led orchestras under the direction of noted conductors Lorin Maazel, Kryszstof Penderecki, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Helmuth Rilling, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Placido Domingo and others. She served as concertmaster of YOA Orchestra of the Americas from 2006-2008, led the Britten-Pears Orchestra (at the Aldeburgh Festival) from 2007-2009 and was concertmaster of the critically acclaimed chamber orchestra Sinfonia Toronto from 2007-2015. She holds concurrent posts as Concertmaster of both McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
Mary-Elizabeth started The Concertmaster Project - a long-term research endeavour aimed at using mentorship relationships to help document and preserve the art of being a orchestral leadership - in 2013 with the generous help of the Ontario Arts Council. Included in the project are mentors Rainer Küchl (Vienna Philharmonic), David Kim (Philadelphia Orchestra), Jonathan Crow (Toronto Symphony) Stephanie Gonley (English Chamber Orchestra), Markus Daunert (Mahler Chamber Orchestra), Noah Bendix-Bagley (Berlin Philharmonic), and Leon Spierer (Berlin Philharmonic, retired). She currently is a Schmeelk Fellow at the University of Montreal.
Following parallel paths as a performer and pedagogue, Mary-Elizabeth is a sought-after teacher, clinician, adjudicator and speaker. She has facilitated workshops in the Aldeburgh Young Musicians Program and the Neojiba Project (Salvador, Bahia, Brasil), led the 2008 Sembrando Talentos project in Montevideo (in collaboration with Mozarteum Uruguay), played an integral role in the development of the El Sistema program in London, Canada and designed the most recent string curriculum for the Bahamas Music Conservatory in Nassau. She has been a clinician for numerous public and high school string retreats and workshops in Canada and abroad. Her initiative, Strings Around The World makes music education and teacher training accessible to violinists worldwide and facilitates yearly outreach projects in developing countries. She is a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's College of Examiners.
Mary-Elizabeth began studying the violin in her local Suzuki program at the age of 5 and holds degrees from the University of Toronto and l’Université de Montreal. Her principal teachers and mentors include David Zafer, Mark Skazinetsky, Ilya Kaler and Jean-François Rivest. She plays on a 1766 Giusepe Gagliano violin on loan from an anonymous donor.