Elizabeth Askren has built a fast-rising career by empowering musicians around the world, whether from the podium as a conductor of leading ensembles, as an educator with her Transylvanian Opera Academy, and as a speaker on issues of leadership, diversity and more. As the Faclia newspaper described it: "her assurance, genuineness, and precise gestures captured the attention of all those present, and made for an unforgettable evening." Recent performances include débuts in Europe with the Transylvanian State Philharmonic, the Romanian National Opera of Cluj-Napoca, and France’s Victor Hugo Franche-Comté orchestra, and in the United States with the Dallas Opera and Kentucky Opera. She has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on recent recording projects.
Deeply committed to education, Askren is the Founder and Artistic Director of TOA – Transylvanian Opera Academy, Romania’s first opera studio. TOA offers a 360° approach to education, taking a holistic approach to helping its young artists to develop as humans as well as musicians, all while giving back to their communities. Since its creation in 2017, TOA has been featured on national television, radio, and press, and has established international partnerships with the National Opera of Paris’ Academy, the Paris Philharmonie's La Maestra competition and Opera for Peace.