Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis is a renowned musician, celebrated for her expertise in percussion and timpani. She graduated in music from Nottingham University and obtained distinctions in percussion and timpani from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her mentors included musicians like James Blades, Alan Cumberland, and Robert Hinze. Notably, she became the first female percussion student to secure a scholarship at Hamburg’s Hochschule.

Elizabeth’s career has spanned prestigious orchestras, including the Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto in Portugal (1989-1993) and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro Nacional São Carlos in Lisbon (since 1993). Before then, she performed with acclaimed groups like the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Covent Garden Opera House, and more. Her interpretive skills were recognized at the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Darmstadt, where she received an important award.

Beyond orchestral repertoire, Elizabeth is a sought-after soloist, collaborating with flutist Katherine Rawdon as part of the duo Machina Mundi. Notably, she’s been a driving force in introducing and teaching Javanese Gamelan music in Portugal since 2006.

Elizabeth’s contributions expand to fusion music with her ensemble Yogistragong, notably in the groundbreaking opera “Kawah Ijen” (2018), which combined a Western orchestra with Javanese Gamelan, marking a historic achievement.  Elizabeth also developed a unique notation system, facilitating the fusion of Gamelan and Western musical scales. 

November 17, 2022
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