Elizabeth SkinnerIntrigued by the violin, Elizabeth Skinner began studying at the age of 9 in her hometown of Victoria, Canada. Since then she has gone on to be recognized as an engaging and diverse performer winning solo and chamber awards in Canada and the United States. As a leader she has enjoyed the role of concertmaster with the McDuffie Center String Ensemble, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. She has had the privilege of working with conductors Ward Stare, Robert Spano, Eric Jacobson, Janos Sandor, Matthias Pintscher, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Alan Gilbert as well as performing with musicians such as Amy Schwartz Moretti, David Halen, Robert McDuffie, Daniel Phillips, Axel Strauss, Eric Nowlin, Marc Coppey, Kurt Muroki, Huw Watkins, Pedja Muzijevic and the members of the Zebra Trio. As an active performer and chamber musician, Elizabeth has performed at music academies and festivals in Canada, the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Japan. In May 2013 she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor degree in violin performance from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Georgia, USA. She recently completed her Masters degree in violin performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and is continuing her studies there as she pursues her Doctorate of Music in Performance Studies under the instruction of Axel Strauss. In 2015 she was the winner of the Canadian Music Competition 19-30 years strings category as well as Jeunesses Musicales du Canada’s Peter Mendell Award.  In June of 2016, she was the winner of the strings category of the Prix d’Europe competition, winner of the 3rd prize in the overall competition, as well as the winner of the Guy Soucie prize for her interpretation of a Québécois work.