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Elizabeth Younan : Associate Artist


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As an inaugural participant of the Sydney Conservatorium's National Women Composers' Development Program, Elizabeth Younan (b. 1994) recently completed her Masters degree in composition under the tutelage of Carl Vine AO, with the assistance of the Research Training Program stipend scholarship (formerly the Australian Postgraduate Award). As one of Musica Viva's featured Australian composers for the 2018 International Concert Season, her piano sonata for Joyce Yang will be premiered and toured nationally in July.

Elizabeth has garnered numerous accolades for her music, including the Jean Bogan Youth Prize for Piano Composition, the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize, and the 102.5 Fine Music Young Composer Award. Her woodwind quintet, Shoreditch Grind, received its international premiere at the inaugural BBC Proms Australia Chamber Music concert series, performed by Musica Viva's FutureMakers Arcadia Winds, who also performed it in Musica Viva's Melbourne Coffee Concert series and 2017 Festival. Elizabeth's solo for drum set-up and unspecified voice, Electors of Middlemarch, will be premiered by Claire Edwardes at the Sydney Opera House in June as part of Ensemble Offspring's Concert "Beginnings to New Ends."

Upcoming performances include Elizabeth's Microsonata for viola and piano, which will be premiered by Stefanie Farrands at the semi-finals of the ABC Young Performers Awards at City Recital Hall, Angel Place. Elizabeth's string quartet, Interwoven, first performed by the Goldner String Quartet at a Musica Viva Coffee Concert in Sydney in 2017, will be performed by the Orava Quartet at this year's Huntington Estate Music Festival. As Ensemble Offspring's current "Noisy Woman" composer, Elizabeth's solo for flute will be premiered by Lamorna Nightingale at the Sydney Opera House in 2019.

Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Music Composition with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2015, where she was awarded a scholarship with the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions for her thesis. She will commence studies in composition at the Curtis Institute of Music this September on a merit-based, full tuition scholarship-the first Australian composer to do so in over sixty years.


Elizabeth Younan — current to June 2018

Studied with

Carl Vine (2014 - 2018)