Liza Malamut regularly appears as a trombonist, teaching artist, and presenter throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed with Boston Baroque, Mercury! The Orchestra Redefined, Trinity Wall Street, Boston Camerata, Apollo’s Fire, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and many other groups across America. She was a finalist in the International Trombone Association Competition for alto trombone in Aarhus, Denmark. Her playing can be heard on the Musica Omnia, Naxos, and George Blood Audio labels, including the GRAMMY nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt (2013) and Opera Lafayette’s Lèonore (2018). Liza’s work in historical and modern trombone has led to diverse performance work, including a yearlong US tour performing new music for children with the ensemble Tales & Scales, shows with the Boston-based 1920s big band The Beantown Swing Orchestra, and the US tour of YOU US WE ALL with Belgium-based Baroque Orchestration X and Indie pop star Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. The 2019-2020 season brings performances with Dark Horse Consort, The Folger Consort, Handel & Haydn Society, Tafelmusik, Opera Lafayette and others, with appearances at Washington National Cathedral, the Kennedy Center, and the Chiesa di San Rocco in Venice, Italy.
A passionate teacher and researcher, Liza has presented masterclasses, lecture recitals, and papers at conferences and institutions throughout the country. She most recently appeared as an artist at the International Trombone Festival in Muncie, Indiana with her ensemble Incantare. Her work on the integration of historical and modern pedagogy was supported by an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (2017-2018). She enjoyed the opportunity to serve as Visiting Lecturer in Sackbut at Indiana University in spring 2015 and 2018, and has taught as an applied instructor in historical trombone at Tufts University. Liza has been an invited speaker and performer at the University of Michigan, University of Central Oklahoma, Northwestern University, Loyola University, and other institutions. She is also coediting the forthcoming book Music and Jewish Culture in Early Modern Italy with Rebecca Cypess and Lynette Bowring. Her contributing chapter reevaluates the significance of the Accademia degli Impediti, the famous Jewish music academy led by Leon Modena in seventeenth-century Venice.
Liza’s interest in teaching and music accessibility has inspired various large-scale outreach projects. These have included 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. Current projects include the development programs with her group Incantare, which performs music highlighting the journeys of displaced populations in early modern Europe.
Liza holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music (2006), where she studied trombone with John Marcellus; and a Master of Music degree from Boston University (2008), where she studied with Don Lucas. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance from Boston University (2018), where she studied with Greg Ingles. Her dissertation, a method book for modern trombonists, integrates historical techniques with mainstream playing and introduces eighty-eight solo etudes for trombone transcribed from historical sources.