Elizabeth Strickland, 23, and daughter of Mike Strickland, is a classical pianist and performer. Currently she is finishing up her Undergraduate degree in Classical Piano Performance and will continue her graduate studies next fall.
Since age 8, she has performed her classical selections in well over 200 of her dad’s concerts with audiences from 100 to 3000 sometimes joining her dad on four-hands piano arrangements of ragtime, boogie-woogie and novelty songs. Some highlights include performing under the faces at Mount Rushmore in SD, and playing a Haydn Concerto with the Black Hills Symphony at age 10. Here’s a video of her performing at age 11 in Bozeman MT at one of her dad’s concerts.
Elizabeth started taking piano lessons at age 8 with Dr. Cassandra Carr of Seattle WA. In 2007, Elizabeth and her family moved to Oregon where she studied with Dorothy Fahlman, of Portland for the next four years.
Recent accomplishments include performing and studying in Austria at Classical Musical Festival with Jane Magrath, studying with Anton Nel at the Aspen Music Festival and School during the summer of 2014, receiving music scholarship awards from the Rislov Foundation and the Eugene Kiwanis Club, and performing with the Oquirrh Mountain Symphony in Utah. Elizabeth has taken master classes with Richard Egarr, Edward Auer, Paul Schenly, Awadagin Pratt, Alessio Bax, Susan Chan, and Alan Chow. Elizabeth also attends the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, and enjoys hiking and teaching wilderness survival skills in her spare time.
She is a gifted writer and a self-described tree-hugger. She loves being outdoors enjoying nature and is an avid reader. She loves to share her love of nature as a volunteer camp counselor for Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA.
For the summer of 2011, Elizabeth was accepted for a second year in a row to attend one of the top summer music festivals in the country, Pianofest in the Hamptons, where she had the opportunity take part in daily master classes and lessons from some of the most stellar teachers/concert artists in the world. In addition, the attendees perform several concerts for the community.