Since graduating from The Royal Academy of Music where she studied under Michael Cox, Eliza’s career has been as diverse as her musical tastes. Growing up listening to the great Russian Composers, whilst also enjoying Paul Simon and Baka Beyond, Eliza has carved a niche for herself as a cross-genre player, enjoying performing with orchestras, on film-soundtracks, numerous albums and at her current chair at The Lyceum Theatre in London for The Lion King.
Featuring her unique Indian bansuri playing, she appeared in 2014 for the World Premiere of Joby Talbot’s ballet “The Winter’s Tale”, as the onstage soloist at The Royal Opera House with The Royal Ballet. The production returned to Covent Garden in 2016 and 2018, following performances with The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane, in 2017. It received 5* reviews from the telegraph and all major arts and dance critics.
Commercial work involves recording principal flute on numerous orchestral film scores and albums, on soundtracks for the likes of Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson, such as The Lord Of The Rings, Prometheus, Kung Fu Panda, The Great Gatsby, Robin Hood, and Sherlock Holmes, and she regularly appears as a soloist on flutes, ethnic flutes and whistles for films, video games and television at Abbey Road and Air Studios. A great lover of travel, performances with Peter Gabriel and his New Blood Orchestra have taken Eliza all over Europe, North and South America, and tours with sarod guru Amjad Ali Khan and Britten Sinfonia have seen her play throughout India.
Eliza founded alt folk band Ranagri in 2013, since then they have recorded five highly acclaimed albums with Stockfisch and Wrasse Record Labels, performed at major folk festivals including Cambridge, at Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Union Chapel, and appeared on radio stations all over the UK including The Terry Wogan Show in 2014. They have worked with top Indian gurus at The Bhavan Centre London, with tabla legend Kuljit Bhamra MBE, and recorded The Great Irish Songbook with Pop Icon Tony Christie.
Eliza has a deep love for crossing boundaries and bringing together musicians and music from all over the world – she believes strongly in the binding qualities that cross-cultural music-making has to offer. Regular trips to Africa and Scotland are an important part of Eliza’s musical passions, whilst also fulfilling her love for wilderness and nature.
‘The Bansuri’s voice-like lyricism, dynamic versatility & breadth of colour in the hands of Eliza led me to, in the end, compose large solo tracts for it, including a 5 minute cadenza that opens the second act. The other-wordly sound of Eliza’s bansuri is warmly engaging, yet at the same time deeply mysterious’.
Joby Talbot, referencing ‘The Winter’s Tale Ballet’.
‘The fabulous flute of Eliza Marshall’.
The distinctive sound of Eliza Marshall has been used by all the people listed below:
Bat For Lashes
First Aid Kit
Florence and the Machine
The Divine Comedy
The White Stripes
A R Rahman
James Newton Howard
The Lion King – current
Anthony and Cleopatra
Beauty and the Beast
Into The Woods
Lord of the Rings
The Phantom of the Opera
The Secret Garden
BBC Concert Orchestra
London Mozart Players
Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra