Elaine R. Fitz Gibbon, 17, was a junior at Davis Senior High, a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and principal cellist of the Davis Senior High School Symphony Orchestra (2008). She was formerly co-principal of the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra and a past member of the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra.
Elaine won first prize in the American String Teachers Association Solo Competition, Sacramento Region Junior Division in 2005 and 2001 and went on to perform at the State Level in 2005 and 2006. For the past four years Elaine has performed recitals in the Sacramento Westminster Presbyterian Church, “Music at Noon” Concert series, both solo and with her sister, Lucy (on soprano and violin).
In 2006, Elaine performed a solo at the “Jammies” hosted by the Sacramento News and Review and will appear in the March 30th, 2007 event at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. She also soloed in the SYS Premier Orchestra 2005 “Music of the Holocaust” concert at the Mondavi. Other venues include performances with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, ASTA/CAPMT recitals at the Crocker Art Museum, the St. John’s Young Artists Recital, and the Sacramento Philharmonic League Young Artist Awards Recitals.
In 2005 she was the chosen recipient of the Swift Fund for the Arts Scholarship for the SYS Premier Orchestra. She has also been awarded scholarships from the Icicle Creek Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, and the Sacramento Philharmonic League.
Elaine began her cello studies at the age of 5 with Susan MacDonald and has been a student of Julie Hochman since 1997. She currently receives additional coaching from Andy Luchansky through the CSUS ACE Program and with Jean-Michel Fonteneau in Berkeley.
She has performed in numerous master classes of visiting Mondavi Center artists. Elaine has participated in the SYS summer and winter chamber music workshops, the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute chamber and orchestra programs, as well as the Sequoia Chamber Music Sessions at Humboldt University. In 2003 she took part in the British American Chamber Music Exchange in Oxford and London, England and toured Brazil with the SYS Premier Orchestra. Elaine is a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the DSHS German Club and is a teacher of beginning level cellists.