Liz Ames is passionate about collaborating with instrumentalists, vocalists and composers. As a pianist who specializes in performing with saxophonists, she often performs at saxophone conferences around the world including the North American Saxophone Alliance national and regional conferences as well as the World Saxophone Congress. She has recently recorded with saxophonists Stephen Page, Eddie Goodman, and Tim McAllister.
In addition to her work on stage, she writes piano reductions for concertos. Works include John Mackey’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, Tuba Concerto by Don Grantham, Sounds of Sirius by Joel Puckett, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra by Henry Brant, and Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by Steven Bryant.
Pianist for many wind players, Ms. Ames has performed at the International Double Reed Society Conference in 2012, 2016, and will also be performing in the summer of 2018. She has performed with the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale and was the pianist for the Scottsdale Choral Artists in Arizona for three years.
Liz Ames has been the collaborative pianist of the Saxophone Institute at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp since 2014 alongside Tim McAllister, Zach Shemon, Taimur Sullivan, and Eddie Goodman. In collaboration with the Mana Saxophone Quartet, she performed in the premiere for a quintet by Stephen Dankner at the Mana Saxophone Institute in Chestertown, Maryland.
Liz received her doctorate in collaborative piano from Arizona State University where she studied with Russell Ryan. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and performs often with her duo partner, Tim McAllister, and his saxophone studio at the University of Michigan.