Elizabeth Parisot, pianist, received her D.M.A. from the Yale School of Music in 1973, and has served on the faculty of the School since 1977. She has appeared in solo and chamber music concerts throughout the world, performing at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Hispanic Institute in Madrid and the Jerusalem Music Center in Israel. Ms. Sawyer Parisot has served as coordinator and performing artist at the Aldo Parisot International Competitions and Courses in Brazil for several years, and has also been a guest artist at the International Music Institute in Santander, Spain; the Banff Festival of the Arts in Alberta, Canada, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Recent tours have included concerts in Korea and Italy with violinist Kyung Hak Yu and performances with faculty colleagues Erick Friedman and Aldo Parisot in Taiwan. With her husband, the famed Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot, she has toured extensively, joining him in sonata performances as well as in chamber music with other renowned artists. She has also performed recently with Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker and Ralph Kirshbaum.
A recording of the two Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Piano, performed by the Parisots, is available through the Musical Heritage Society. Ms. Sawyer Parisot has also recorded the Leo Ornstein Preludes for Cello and Piano and the Alexei Haieff Sonata for Cello and Piano with Italo Babini for the Serenus label. In addition, she is heard on the recording “Cellists from Yale” issued in Brazil by Phonodisc, the “Yale Cellos of Aldo Parisot” and “The Yale Cellos Play Favorites,” issued by Delos International. Three CDs with Queen Elizabeth Competition winner Nai-Yuan Hu as well as a disc with cellist Carol Ou have been issued recently. She recorded a collection of works by Ezra Laderman with violinists Erick Friedman and Kyung Hak Yu and cellist Pansy Chang for Albany Records, and has recorded Strauss and Prokofiev Sonatas with violinist Kyung-Hak Yu. The Washington Post has referred to her as “…a sensational pianist,” while the New York Times recently alluded to her “lush, fluid Romanticism.”