Elizabeth Perez-Hickman is a Venezuelan oboist currently studying at the Peabody Institute on full scholarship, where her teacher is Nicholas Stovall. She started playing the oboe in the eighth grade, furthering her skills at the New World School of the Arts. Through the Miami Music Project and the generous support of donor Dan Lewis, Elizabeth attended the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy on the Miami Music Project Opportunity Scholarship, ultimately graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2021 with the Young Artist award, the highest accolade bestowed by the institution.
A recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist award, Elizabeth was featured on National Public Radio's (NPR’s) From The Top. Her commitment to amplifying underrepresented voices in classical music led her to showcase pieces by composers like William Grant Still, including his "Incantation and Dance," during her time at From the Top. She has had the privilege of performing under the baton of esteemed conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Joseph Young, Leslie Dunner, Marin Alsop, and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others.
Elizabeth's identity as a Latina musician deeply informs her artistry, driving her mission to diversify the classical music canon. She has garnered recognition for her efforts, winning Dean Bronstein's grant for recording an album featuring compositions by minority composers. Her advocacy extends beyond performance as she actively engages in music education initiatives. Notably, she presented at the Eastman Connect Conference in November 2023, emphasizing the significance of music education in fostering diversity within classical music. In addition to her achievements, Elizabeth has participated as a Sphinx Connect Fellow for the 2024 Symposium, furthering her impact in the classical music community.
Her international engagements include performances at the Vienna Summer Music Festival in July 2023, where she showcased her talent in opera productions in Vienna, Austria.
Currently, Elizabeth serves as an Alumni Ambassador for El Sistema USA, leveraging her expertise to promote diversity and inclusion within the organization. She played a pivotal role in the planning and presentation of the El Sistema USA National Symposium in February 2023 and continues to contribute to the organization's initiatives, including their upcoming symposium in June 2024 and at the Ravinia Festival in July 2024. With her unwavering dedication to both performance and advocacy, Pérez-Hickman aims to make enduring contributions to the classical music landscape.