Liza Malamut regularly appears as a sackbut specialist with the country's premier early music groups. Engagements have included performances with Boston Baroque, Mercury! The Orchestra Redefined, Trinity Baroque, Boston Camerata, Piffaro, Seraphic Fire, the Handel & Haydn Society, and many others. The 2017-2018 season includes performances with Dark Horse Consort, Apollo's Fire, the Green Mountain Project, and more.
Liza holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Historical Trombone from Boston University, where she studied sackbut and historical performance with Greg Ingles. She is the recipient of a 2017-2018 American Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Association of University Women for her work, "Sounding History: A Diminution Method for Modern Trombonists," a trombone method book that integrates historical performance practice with mainstream teaching.
Liza has given master classes and coachings at Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music, University of Central Oklahoma, and other institutions across the United States. She served as Visiting Lecturer in Sackbut at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in spring 2015 and 2018. Her work with children and students has inspired various large-scale outreach projects, including family-friendly productions of Heinrich Schütz's Weihnachtshistorie, staged in New York and Boston in collaboration with the New York-based vocal collective Musica Nuova; and Singen und Sagen: Music for Hope in a Time of War, presented by the American Musicological Society in 2017 and featuring the music of Michael Praetorius intersected with texts from the Thirty Years War. For these projects, she has been the recipient of the Paul R. Judy Polyphonic Grant and the 2017 Early Music America Outreach Grant.
Liza also holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and a M.M. from Boston University, where she studied modern trombone with John Marcellus and Don Lucas, respectively. She continues to enthusiastically teach students and ensembles of all levels in her home city of Boston.