Liza Grossman is the founding Music Director of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra (est. 1995). She has served on the conducting faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts since 1999 and is the co-founder of the Interlochen Arts Camp Junior Advanced String Institute. She is Director of Orchestras at Kent State University 2011-2012 season.
Grossman has conducted 19 world premiere concertos with Cleveland Orchestra members, national and local musicians. She has conducted over 90 orchestral world premieres, all with the composers present. She has collaborated with composers including Bernard Rands, Robert Ward and Joan Tower. She has conducted world premiere orchestral rock performances with rock and popular artists Graham Nash (CSNY), Ray Manzarek (DOORS), Pat Benatar, Mike Garson, GrandMixer DXT, Donnie Iris, STYX, Jon Anderson (YES) and Jefferson Starship.
She holds degrees in music performance and music education from Cleveland State University. Her graduate studies were continued at the University of Michigan. Grossman’s conducting teachers include David Holland, Alexander Schneider, Marvin Rabin and Gerard Schwarz.
STRAD magazine calls her "a master of tutelage..." As a violist, Grossman has performed, recorded and toured with artists including Bernadette Peters, Kansas, Gerald LeVert, The Three Tenors and YES.
She is a guest conductor and clinician for orchestras and festivals around the country.
She is also a private violin and viola instructor.
Grossman and CYO can be heard on the self-released CD, "IV: Four World Premier Concertos" (iTunes), New Door Records, "One With Everything, Styx and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra" (iTunes), seen on HDNet and PBS internationally with Styx and Jon Anderson. On June 5, 2011, HDNet will feature a LIVE broadcast of CYO with Jefferson Starship.
Grossman and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra are the recipients of awards including the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming (2008-1009 and 2009-2010), the Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement and the Sunshine Award from Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio.