Elizabeth Koch
Photo: Marnie Joe Gomez

Originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, Elizabeth Koch has been the Principal Flutist  of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1987.

She studied at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Blossom Festival School (summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra). Her teachers include David Cramer (Assistant Principal Flute, Philadelphia Orchestra), Jeffrey Khaner (Principal Flute, Philadelphia Orchestra) and Adeline Tomasone (Principal Flute, Philadelphia Opera). In the summer of 1987, Elizabeth was the only American flutist chosen to play in the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orkester under Leonard Bernstein.

She is active as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Her solo credits include the ESO, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Alberta College Percussion Ensemble.

Ms. Koch is a faculty member at King's University College and Concordia University,  and maintains a private studio from her Sherwood Park home.

She is a member of the new Edmonton Flute Association and is proud to have become a Canadian citizen in 2015.

Elizabeth is married to ESO violinist Murray Vaasjo. She enjoys spending her spare time traveling, volunteering in her community, taking care of her cats, and being a 'soccer Mom' to their 17-year-old son Mark.