Elizabeth Rowe: Flutist, Advocate & Mentor

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As a long-standing fan of the BSO for many years, I have been able to hear Elizabeth Rowe’s performances with the BSO and the Boston Chamber Players at Tanglewood, Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall as well as on their many wonderful recordings. I have come to love her playing and admire her “chutzpah” in standing up for what is right regarding women’s rights. I also find it refreshing that someone who commands such a high-profile job has been willing to share her knowledge and insight regarding maintaining an orchestral career and going through the tenure process.

I think you will find Elizabeth to be a charming, forthright, intelligent interviewee who is extremely sensitive to the world around her and with many interests outside the flute world. And if you haven’t heard the BSO’s recordings of the complete Brahms symphonies; Shostakovich, Wagner and Sibelius symphonic works; and the Boston Chamber Players many acclaimed recordings, all of which feature Elizabeth’s artistry, please visit the link below. I guarantee that you will be thrilled.


About the Artist: Elizabeth Rowe has been principal flute of the Boston Symphony since 2004. During that time, she has distinguished herself as one of the preeminent orchestral flute players in the world. She came to the BSO with an abundance of experience having been principal flute of the New World Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as well as assistant principal flute of the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony. Known for her meticulous and thoughtful interpretations of music ranging from J. S. Bach to Elliot Carter, she has been featured on multiple occasions as concerto soloist with the BSO as well as being a vital member of the magnificent Boston Chamber Players. Elizabeth has also become an important voice for gender equality in the workplace. Her lawsuit in 2018 against the BSO regarding equal pay brought her international attention and spotlighted a long-held practice that in many cases denied women equal and fair pay with their male counterparts in the orchestral world. That case was settled in arbitration in 2019. As an advocate for change, that experience has led her to create an online mentoring/coaching service for musicians and people in other careers which addresses areas of common concern in the workplace. For more detailed information, go to www.Iamelizabethrowe.com.


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