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Elizabeth Beilman  |  Cello  |  Associate Principal
The Herbert Family Chair

Elizabeth  Beilman
Elizabeth Beilman, cellist, is a native of Wichita, Kansas. She joined the cello section of the North Carolina Symphony in 1988 and was appointed by Music Director Gerhardt Zimmerman as the Symphony's permanent Assistant Principal Cello in the spring of 2001.

Since coming to Raleigh, she has participated in numerous recitals and performed extensively with ensembles in North Carolina. She has also appeared as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony. Before her arrival in North Carolina, Ms. Beilman was Artist-in-Residence for two years at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. During that time, she toured throughout Canada, performed with Felix Galimir and with Menachem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio. She was featured at the Shawnigan Lake Festival in British Columbia. While in Banff, she performed as soloist and ensemble player under the guidance of composers Witold Lutoslawsky, Morton Feldman and Lannis Xenakis, and maintains a working relationship with composers Robert Ward and Mark Scearce.

Ms. Beilman holds both a Bachelor and a Master degree in Music Performance (summa cum laude) from the Indiana University School of Music, where she served as Associate Instructor and Assistant to Fritz Magg. Other teachers include Paul Tortelier, Aldo Parisot and Anner Bylsma, with whom she studied the music of J.S. Bach. Studies in chamber music, an area of particular interest to Ms. Beilman, were conducted with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin String Quartet, with pianist Menachem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio and with violinist Josef Gingold. Ms. Beilman grew up in a musical family, performing as a teenager with her two older brothers in the Beilman Trio. Her brother Douglas has remained a musician and is violinist with the New Zealand String Quartet. Music remains a family passion; together with husband Jimmy Gilmore, retired principal clarinet of the North Carolina Symphony, she co-founded the chamber music ensemble, AURORA MUSICALIS in 1991. This ensemble, a variable mix of piano, violin, cello, clarinet and other instruments, enjoys a dedicated following and has received critical acclaim for its performances, being twice listed in the "Top Ten Concerts of the Year" by both the Raleigh News and Observer and the Spectator. "Echoes of America: Chamber Music of Robert Ward” was the group's first compact disc, on the Albany label. The disc's title work was dedicated to AURORA MUSICALIS by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the CD received excellent international review by the publication, Fanfare.

Ms. Beilman is active in the Triangle music community, having served on the boards of the Raleigh Music Club and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic, and as Senior Division Coordinator of the Lamar Stringfleld Chamber Music Camp. For many years, she organized and often performed in the well-attended Lamar Stringfield Series of Concerts, Master Classes and educational programs, bringing in many internationally recognized artists to our area during the summer. She is a dedicated teacher of cello students, many of whom have gone on to study at major conservatories and music schools.

She performs on a cello made in 1928 by Giulio Degani. Ms. Beilman is an avid reader, gardener and volunteer at her church and in her son Carl's school.

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