Elizabeth Newkirk

Elizabeth Newkirk

Title: Co-Founder, Pianist
Company: Bow & Hammer/Roosevelt University (Staff Pianist)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Elizabeth Newkirk, Pianist at Roosevelt University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in musical education.

For Ms. Newkirk, her interest in music started with piano lessons at the age of seven years old. Soon thereafter, she traveled to New York where she performed in a number of live musicals and Broadway shows. These experiences led to her taking her craft more seriously by competing and later playing in her first concerto at just 16 years old. Furthermore, Ms. Newkirk enrolled at Columbia College in Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance in 2010. During this time, she also worked as a keyboard faculty member with the aforementioned institution, later joining the Merit School of Music in Chicago as a piano faculty member until 2016.

In 2012, Ms. Newkirk and a colleague, Kathryn Satoh, founded Bow & Hammer, a violin and piano collective based in Chicago. Together, the group curates performances that are a modern-day spin on classical music. Additionally, she has served as a staff pianist at Roosevelt University in Chicago since 2014. Academically, she concluded her efforts with a Master of Arts in piano performance from the aforementioned institution in 2016. In the past, Ms. Newkirk also contributed to the Chicago College of Performing Arts in Chicago. Mentors who Ms. Newkirk attributes her success to include Angela Yoffe, Mary Sauer, Cliff Colnot, and Sylvia Wang. Her writing samples have explored Szymanowski and folklore narratives, the differing perspectives of Americana from the music of Bernstein and Copland, and modern ideas for chamber music and the classical music world.

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