Liz Knowles


Liz Knowles has brought her distinctive sound – the fire and finesse of Irish fiddle music combined with the tonal richness of the classical violin – to concert stages and festivals across the world.

Her auspicious beginnings as the fiddler for Riverdance and as soloist on the soundtrack for the film Michael Collins established her as a virtuosic and versatile performer, and she has since performed as soloist with such orchestras as The New York Pops and The Cincinnati Pops. Liz has been a member of the world-renowned Cherish the Ladies, played on Broadway with The Pirate Queen, traveled the world for over four years as Music Director and performer with the wildly popular Celtic Legends, and, today she performs with another all-star female ‘super-group’, the highly acclaimed String Sisters.

Liz first distinguished herself as a violinist in New York City, performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and on Broadway, with such artists such as Marcus Roberts, the Bang-on-a-Can Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, Paula Cole, Steve Reich, Eliot Goldenthal, Rachel Barton, Don Henley, and Tim O’Brien. It was also in New York that she discovered her true passion for Irish music. Today, she is well respected on both sides of the Atlantic as a player, composer, and arranger. Her compositions and arrangements of tunes and songs have been recorded and performed by John Whelan, Flook, Chicago’s Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Liz Carroll, Beolach, J.P. Cormier, Michael Black, John Doyle, and Ensemble Galilei, and Martin Hayes, among many others.

Liz is a well-known and sought-after teacher of Irish music. She teaches at many tionóls and week-long workshops across the US and in Ireland, and she is a regular at The Swannanoa Gathering for their Celtic and Fiddle weeks.

Most recently, Liz co-produced an acclaimed album with fiddler Liz Carroll for The Art Institute of Chicago to accompany their special exhibition ‘Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design’. Her ongoing project is the trio Open the Door for Three, with piper Kieran O’Hare and bouzouki player Pat Broaders. In late 2017, she made her debut in Ireland’s National Concert Hall as a member of the brand-new Martin Hayes Quartet and in early 2018 she will debut String Sisters’ brand new CD ‘Between Wind and Water’ at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.