Currently cellist for Canada’s well known musical ensemble Quartetto Gelato, Liza has performed as soloist in front of orchestras across North America and has toured other countries such as China and Korea. In addition, she is a regular performer for Toronto’s Soundstreams series, and recently had the opportunity to premiere R. Murray Schaffer’s new work “The Childrens Crusade”. She also works with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Ontario including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Thunder Bay Symphony and Orchestra London. In addition, Liza has performed as a featured soloist and chamber musician onstage the prestigious Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), The Heleconian Club (Toronto), and The Arts Project (London). Recent chamber work has taken her to perform in other venues in such cities as New York, Montreal, Vancouver, and Granada in the Caribbean and all over Germany. Liza has been recorded both by CBC radio and CBC television, Canada and has also performed live for the television show for Canada A.M as well as 96.3 FM radio.
In 2007, Liza was the recipient of the RBC Youth Achievement Award and was able to study on full scholarship with Aldo Parisot at the Banff Center for the Performing Arts. Winner of the Thomas Jeffrey scholarship, the University of Western Ontario’s highest and most esteemed bursary given to graduate students in the music program, Liza has recently completed her Masters in Music degree under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Weibe. She also won second place in London’s Music Scholarship Foundation competition and first place in Regina’s Music Club competition. An eclectic musician, she has also performed live for Toronto’s Much Music Video Awards, Summer Rush in Wonderland, and on-stage at the Air Canada Center (Toronto), at Club Soda (Montreal), at Copps Coliseum (Hamilton), and at the Molson Amphitheatre in London.
Ms. McLellan previously studied at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, Ontario and completed a Performance Diploma there in 2003 as a student of David Hetherington. In 2002, Liza toured with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on a full scholarship taking her to Japan, Hong Kong, and numerous cities in Ontario and British Columbia. For the first four years of her post secondary education, Liza was the chosen recipient of a large government grant awarded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
Elizabeth began playing cello at the age of five in her hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan. She played Principal Cello with the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, winning a large music scholarship during her final year and by the age of 17 she was a full contracted member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.