Elizabeth Jaffe

Instrument/Position:
Associate Principal viola

How long in the DSO?
since 2009

Music Education:
Manhattan School of Music, Master of
Music in Orchestral Performance,
Conservatoire Superieur de Paris—CNR Diplome d’Etudes Musicales, Indiana University Bachelor of Music and Performer’s Diploma

Other Ensembles You Perform With:
Principal Viola, Reading Symphony; Section viola, Opera Philadelphia; Colorado Music Festival

Other Professional Activities?
Teaching Artist, Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Partnership Program; Teaching Artist through the Delaware Symphony; Private studio violin and viola out of the house

Hobbies, Activities?
Hiking, yoga, cooking. I just had a baby so hobbies are difficult these days

Favorite Composer/Piece?
Whatever I happen to be playing that week

Why?
I like almost all music, and it’s hard to pick a favorite. When I am working, I try to treat everything as if it were my favorite, I always give 101%

What teacher/educator/event influenced you the most, and why?
My viola teacher in college, Atar Arad, was most influential. He was very tough, but in a loving way. He was very stingy with
compliments so when he did say something nice you know he really meant it. I learned so much from him, and he pushed me to work harder than I ever have.

Ideal Vacation?
Someplace interesting with good food and fun things to do outside, a good mix of relaxing and sightseeing.