Liza Malamut regularly appears as a sackbut specialist with the country's premier early music groups. Engagements have included performances with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, Music of the Baroque, Seraphic Fire, The Sebastians, Trinity Baroque, the Boston Early Music Festival, Piffaro, Baroque Orchestration X, and many more. The 2017-2018 season brings performances with Apollo's Fire, The Green Mountain Project, Mercury! The Orchestra Redefined, Dark Horse Consort, Boston Baroque, and others.
Liza is currently a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Historical Trombone at Boston University, where she studies 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 on the integration of historical performance practice with mainstream teaching.
Liza has given master classes and coachings at Boston University, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Tufts University, Loyola University, University of Central Oklahoma, and Northeastern University. In 2015, Liza served as Visiting Lecturer in Sackbut at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and she continues to teach students in her home city of Boston. Her most recent paper, “Higher, Faster, Louder — or Not! Applying Historical Brass Techniques to Modern Performances of Gabrieli’s Music,” was presented at the Second Annual Indiana University Historical Performance Institute Conference in May of 2017.
Liza holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Boston University, where she studied modern trombone with John Marcellus and Don Lucas, respectively. After receiving her Master of Music degree, she spent a year touring the United States with her Indiana-based chamber ensemble, appearing with the Buffalo Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and at many other venues across America. Her work with children and students has inspired various large-scale outreach projects, including several 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. Her forthcoming project, Singen und Sagen: A Concert for Hope in a Time of War, is the recipient of a 2017 Early Music America Outreach Grant. In partnership with Stephen Kennedy, director of the Christ Church Rochester Schola Cantorum, the concert will bring together students, professionals, and community members in Rochester, New York to perform works from Michael Praetorius's Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica. The concert will be featured at the 2017 American Musicological Society Annual Meeting.