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ESO 101: Elizabeth Faulkner

ESO 101: Elizabeth Faulkner

Meet Elizabeth Faulkner, frequent ESO guest player for the past 20 years. Elizabeth is a piccolo and flute player who has previously been the Acting Principal Flute and Acting Assistant Principal Flute for the ESO. She likes lasagna, the Edmonton Oilers, and spending time with her teenage sons.


When was your earliest recital and what did you play?
First year post-secondary school: I played compositions by C.P.E. Bach, Martinů, Bartok, and Doppler.

How long have you with the ESO?
20 years

How many instruments do you know how to play?
Three.

What is your musical guilty pleasure?
“Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy Travis

What would your personalized license plate be if you had to have one?
MOM

What is your pre-concert ritual?
Stretching and breathing exercises.

What is your favourite sports team or player?
The Oilers.

How many different cities have you lived in?
One.

What is your favourite city (or a country) you’ve travelled and why?
I don’t have a favourite city, but my favourite area is Yellowstone Park. The colours and textures of the geysers, etc. are fascinating.

Do you have a nickname?
My husband calls me flute butterfly.

What is your favourite orchestra other than the ESO?
Berlin Philharmonic.

What do you do in your free time?
Play games and chat with my teenage boys.

What food would be on your rider as a rock star?
Lasagna with a lot of veggies.


Rapid Fire section

Coffee or tea?
Coffee

Pancakes or Waffles?
Pancakes

Facebook or Instagram?
Facebook

Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

Dine-in or take-out?
Dine-in

Apple or Android?
Android

PC or Mac?
PC

Morning or Night?
Morning

Call or text?
Call

Beethoven or Mozart?
Mozart

Schubert or Dvořák?
Dvořák

Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninoff?
Tchaikovsky

Book or movie?
Movie

Mountains or ocean?
Mountains

Wine or beer?
Wine

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Trek