Mary-Elizabeth Brown is a Canadian violinist who began her career at the age of five through the Suzuki method. She obtained degrees from the University of Toronto as well as l’Université de Montreal, which is where she did her doctoral research as a Schmeelk Fellow.
Mary-Elizabeth is both a performer and a teacher. She has been invited as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and South America more than forty times. Mary-Elizabeth has also played in various festivals, including the Festival Campos do Jordão in Brazil, Mozarteum Uruguay, the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK, and in many others in Canada, such as the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Indian River Festival, Elora Festival, and Banff Summer Arts Festival. She recorded the last three Mozart Violin Concerti for Mozart Effect, and they were released throughout the world in 2017. She was the concertmaster of YOA Orchestra of the Americas from 2006 to 2008. From 2007 to 2009, she also led the Britten-Pears Orchestra. She was associate concertmaster of Orchestra London Canada from 2006 to 2015 and concertmaster of Sinfonia Toronto, which is an award-winning chamber orchestra, from 2007 to 2016. Mary-Elizabeth is now the Bielak-Hartmann Concertmaster of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
Mary-Elizabeth’s teaching career consists of her role as a clinician, adjudicator, and speaker. She has promoted workshops in the Aldeburgh Young Musicians Programs as well as the Neojiba Project in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. In 2008, she led the Sembrando Talentos project in Montevideo and collaborated with Mozarteum Uruguay. She was a key part in developing the El Sistema program in London, Canada. Furthermore, Mary-Elizabeth has been a clinician for many string workshops and retreats, both public and high school, in and out of Canada. Strings Around The World is her initiative for making music education and training for teachers available to violinists around the world; additionally, it has promoted outreach projects in developing countries every year. She is also a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music.