Elisabeth Le Guin is a performer and musicologist whose dual allegiances manifest as a series of dialogues, in tones and words, between theory and practice. As a Baroque cellist, she was a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Artaria String Quartet, and appeared in over 40 recordings; she continues to perform and record, while aspiring ever more earnestly to the condition of an amateur. In more recent years she has become involved in the movimiento jaranero, a transnational grassroots musical activism in Mexico and Mexican immigrant communities in the USA.
As an academic, Professor Le Guin has published two books with the University of California Press “Boccherini’s Body: an Essay in Carnal Musicology,” in 2006, and “The Tonadilla in Performance: Lyric Comedy in Enlightenment Spain,” in 2014. In this capacity, she received the American Musicological Society’s Alfred Einstein and Noah Greenberg Awards, as well as grant support from various national and international organizations including the ACLS, The UC Presidents’ Research Fund, the Institute for International Education (Fulbright program), UCLA’s International Institute, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and United States Universities, and the UC Humanities Research Institute.
Le Guin has taught at UCLA since 1997, with a particular focus on undergraduate advising, the teaching of writing, international education, and the integration of performance with scholarship. She succeeded in re-starting UCLA´s Early Music Ensemble in 2009 after a 15-year hiatus, and has served two terms as Study Center Director for the UC Education Abroad Program in Mexico City.