Elisabeth has come to be identified as much as an art song singer as a folk singer
- Elisabeth applies her luminescent voice to the music of Gregorian chant, Richard Rogers, country and contemporary folk.
- Elisabeth’s voice has been nurtured by a rich tradition of classical, folk & pop music
Elisabeth von Trapp: The Boston Globe recently said of Elisabeth von Trapp that “before the concert is over, she will have the crowd gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice.”
Elisabeth’s earliest musical memories include the sound of Baroque instruments and four part harmonies of the family choir. Inspired by her father’s guitar playing and singing she began taking piano lessons when she was eight.
At sixteen, she was playing guitar and travelling the back roads of New England performing with her siblings atweddings, gospel meetings and state hospitals.
A unique combination of the ethereal and earthy, Elisabeth’s voice has been nurtured by a rich tradition of classical, folk and pop music.
Well-suited to resound from within the sanctuaries of European cathedrals to the Great Hall of New York City’s Grand Central Station and described by The New York Times as “hauntingly clear…tender and romantic,” her voice moves easily from a whisper to a full-throated cry, enchanting audiences with each performance.
Her concert programs cover a wide stylistic range. With seamless ease, Elisabeth applies her luminescent voice to the music of Gregorian chant, Richard Rogers, country and contemporary folk.
Her pure voice is accompanied by the elegant arrangements of her guitar and accompanist Erich Kory’s cello.
Her songs become timeless ballads revealing her penchant for beautiful melancholy.
Elisabeth has come to be identified as much as an art song singer as a folk singer and has also begun to make a mark with her original compositions.
While her albums have featured soothing, ultra-melodic arrangements, her lyrics have lately reflected her interest in the writings of Shakespeare and Robert Frost.
Elisabeth scored a nearly unprecedented coup: winning permission from Robert Frost’s famously reticent publisher, Henry Holt & Co., to sing parts of the poet’s oeuvre.
Elisabeth is currently working at setting to music some of Frost’s most beloved poems for inclusion on her next album, Poetic License.
Describing her unique musical approach, The Chicago Tribune says:
“Elisabeth von Trapp sings…with an astonishing clarity about disappointment, the power of love and coming of age… Her music reflects her classical training and her love of folk music.”
Elisabeth has released three self produced albums and has performed across the United States as well as in Canada, Austria and Russia. Her music has been featured on national Public Radio, BBC-Radio, Japanese national Radio and CNN Spanish Radio. She has appeared on CBS’s Eye on People, ABC’s Good Morning America and BBC-TV.
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