Elizabeth Layton is currently Head of Strings at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide. Born in London, she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and the Juilliard School, New York. Elizabeth has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the UK and Europe and was Leader of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
She has toured and recorded extensively with the Nash Ensemble, giving concerts in Europe, North America, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand and was also a member of Trio Zingara. Among appearances at major international festivals, were recordings of complete piano trios of Beethoven (nominated for a Gramophone Award) and trios of Ravel, Schubert and Shostakovich. Other discs include violin and piano works of Schubert (Daily Telegraph ‘CD Choice’) as well as chamber music for DG, Hyperion, BIS and Chandos.
For over a decade, Elizabeth was Concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, performing frequently for the BBC and making a number of CDs. Since moving to Australia in 2010, she has appeared regularly in recital and chamber music concerts and leads many Australian orchestras, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
“Elizabeth Layton’s violin wrapped the piece in eloquence.” – Ewart Shaw, Selby and Friends, 2015