Liz and Music

Liz Davis Maxfield is “revolutionizing the use of cello in performance.” (Natalie Haas). An eclectic cellist with extensive experience as a performer, recording artist, and teacher, Liz started playing the cello at the age of ten and she recorded her first album before she turned twelve. Since that time, Liz has recorded ten albums and has been featured on dozens more.

Soon after graduating from Berklee College of Music, she was awarded a Fulbright to study towards a MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick. While in Ireland she wrote, “The Irish Cello Book: Traditional Tunes and Techniques” to help cellists learn to play fiddle stlyes. The book was published by Hal Leonard via Berklee Press and has been dubbed “The definitive classic for cellists looking to play Irish music in an authentic and meaningful way.” (Mike Block).

Liz has performed across the globe with her own groups New Time Ensemble, Ampersand, FiddleSticks, and Folk Arts Quartet, as well as with various singer-songwriters.  Her compositions for cello choir are enjoyed by a wide range of cellists, and she teaches folk and alternative cello styles via Skype, and in workshops.

She co-founded the Utah Valley Cello Society, which serves local cello students, professionals, educators, and enthusiasts. She also contributes to New Tune A Day, a video project that features a newly recorded tune every day (or so). She plays a 2007 J.P. Lucas cello.

When she isn’t playing music, Liz is often found hosting it. She and her husband, Andrew Maxfield, founded the A-frame Concerts Series that brings an artist, a musician, and a chef to their quirky home in Provo, Utah every month.