Mary-Elizabeth Brown: Violinist, Pedagogue, Entrepreneur, and Inspiration! | Episode 34

Crushing Classical Podcast | Jennet Ingle | Happiest Musician Minisodes: State of the Podcast 2023

Canadian violinist Mary-Elizabeth Brown enjoys parallel careers as a performer, pedagogue, entrepreneur and researcher. In recent seasons, she has appeared as an invited soloist with orchestra more than forty times in Europe, Asia, North and South America, as well as numerous chamber music festivals. Her recording of the last 3 Mozart Violin Concerti for Mozart Effect recordings released worldwide in 2017.

In addition to a rich career as a soloist and concertmaster, she is a sought-after teacher, clinician, adjudicator and speaker in Canada and abroad.  Since founding the AVIVA Virtual Young Artist Program (the first web-based pre-college music program in the world) she has touched lives around the world, teaching thousands of lessons to students on five continents via webcam, piloting projects aimed at accessibility, and training hundreds of teachers and creative entrepreneurs. 

Mary-Elizabeth is widely recognized as a pioneer in the world of innovation in classical music and technology. She recently made international news from The Hong Kong Economic Times to NPR’s Science Friday with her design for low-cost stringed instruments using 3D printers and plastic polymers.

I was wild about this conversation.I really appreciated Mary-Elizabeth’s  wise take on the portfolio career, on keeping all of your various pots and streams managed, on how to cope with the messy middle parts of projects, and on how to keep growing as an artist and a human as you help others!

I know you will love hearing from her. 

Find Mary-Elizabeth at her website, or at, or

Here are her upcoming programs: 

“LAUNCH!  Is an 8-week, online streaming course on business basics and financial literacy that begins on March 27th. It’s a general overview of entrepreneurship skills and will give folks some starting points. There’s a private platform for peer feedback and discussion where I’ll certainly pop in and give my 2 cents worth! (But I won’t do any 1:1 coaching) You can find more info here:

To honour those who have expressed an interest in mentorship in recent months, I’ve made room to take on a handful of artist-teachers of any age, stage or location for a year of 1:1 and group mentoring specifically targeted at really developing the spectrum of entrepreneurial skills needed to run an effective and multifaceted creative career. We’ll start in mid-June and I’ll offer a hybrid program where we cover a different skill and topic each week through multimedia resources. In addition to those seminars, I’ll walk each step of the way with every mentee as we cycle through planning, alignment, implementation and assessment through a year of 1:1 coaching. You’ll find that one here:” 

Theme music and audio editing by DreamVance.

Or you could hop on a short call with me to brainstorm your next plan. 

I’m your host, Jennet Ingle. I love you all. Stay safe out there!

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