Seventeen year-old violinist Lizzy (Elizabeth) Huang, who has just graduated from Shaker Heights High School and the Young Artists’ Program at CIM, began playing violin at age six. She studies with Professor Olga Kaler. She was also a College Credit Plus student at Case Western Reserve University, where she took Introduction to Philosophy and Cognitive Psychology this past semester. She attended the Keshet Eilon International Summer Master Course in 2019 and online in 2021, and Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2020, 2021, and 2022. She was also part of a CIM orchestra cycle, and played under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. She soloed with the Cleveland Pops as a Jean L. Petit Memorial Scholarship winner in 2017, with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra as a Suburban Symphony Orchestra Young Artists’ winner in 2017, and with the Lakeland Civic Orchestra as a competition winner in 2016. She was
a Stop the Hate Essay Contest finalist, sponsored by the Maltz Museum, in 10th and 11th grade.
Lizzy is also the founder of a nonprofit called Youth Bridging Through Arts, with a mission to expose, engage, and empower underserved local neighborhoods in northeast Ohio through performances, instrument skill-building workshops, and music community outreach. She works with Piano Cleveland to provide musicians for retirement village concerts, with After-School All Stars to provide weekly music programming for kids, and is launching a program called FORTE,
Friendly OutReach Through Empowerment, in the Shaker district, where high school musicians will host musical workshops for elementary-schoolers. In her free time, she likes to read books, play with her dog Pepper, go on bike rides, and play chess.