Dutch pianist Elizabeth Karelse has been praised by the press for her rich variety in sound and for her beautiful full tone. In 2010, after she gave a series of sold-out solo recitals in Japan, the Sanyo Shinbun newspaper wrote: ‘Her exciting performance was often passionately melancholic and at other times cheerfully uplifting. Her strong melodic lines deeply moved the hearts of the more than 800 audience members.’
A prizewinner of multiple competitions, Elizabeth has given concerts at all major concert halls of The Netherlands, as well as performances in the USA, Great Britain, Austria, Italy, Finland, and Japan.
Elizabeth holds degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of The Netherlands in The Hague (BA + teaching license), the Hamline International Piano Institute at Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN (MALS), and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN (DMA with a secondary area in pedagogy and education).
Since the age of seventeen, Elizabeth has taught over 700 students of all levels and all ages, in both class and private settings. From 2005-2010 she taught undergraduate piano courses at Hamline University and at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music, where she was also employed as coordinator and supervisor of the class piano program.
After a two year intermezzo in The Netherlands, where Elizabeth continued to give solo and chamber music recitals, collaborated with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, was engaged as the pianist in interdisciplinary performances, involving theater, dance and other forms of art, build up a successful private piano studio, and guest taught at the School of Music of Gouda and the School of Music of Schiedam, she returned to Minnesota in the fall of 2012.
Elizabeth is a faculty member of Normandale Community College (piano), an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota (piano pedagogy), and also maintains a private teaching studio in Saint Louis Park. She’s active as a soloist and chamber musician and preforms frequently. Please check the ‘News’ tab regularly for upcoming concerts. You can contact her for concert bookings and private piano lessons by clicking on ‘contact’ in the menu.
Muzio Clementi – Sonata ‘Didone abbandonata’ in g minor, op.50 no.3
Fragments of a live performance by Elizabeth Karelse at the Bizen Shimin Center, Okayama, Japan in June of 2010: