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Elizabeth Younan : Associate Artist

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Elizabeth Younan (1994) is an Australian-Lebanese composer from Sydney, Australia, currently living in Philadelphia, USA. Most recently Elizabeth was a featured Australian composer of Musica Viva's 2018 International Concert Season, where her Piano Sonata was premiered and broadcast around Australia by Grammy-nominated classical pianist and Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang.

Some groups which have performed Elizabeth's works include the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Goldner String Quartet, the Orava Quartet, Arcadia Winds, Quintet Attacca, pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Ensemble Offspring's Claire Edwardes, and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Accolades include the Jean Bogan Youth Prize for her Five Persian Preludes, and the 102.5 Fine Music and Willoughby Symphony Young Composer Award for her Clarinet Concerto. Elizabeth's wind quintet, Shoreditch Grind was the winner of Quintet Attacca's international Call for Scores.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Composition from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney ("The Con"), where she studied with composer Carl Vine AO. While at The Con, Elizabeth was awarded the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize and the Australian Postgraduate Award. She was also an inaugural participant in the Con's "National Women Composer's Development Program." Elizabeth currently studies as an Artist Diploma student under full scholarship at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she holds the Jimmy Brent Fellowship. She studies with Dr. Jennifer Higdon, Dr. David Ludwig, Dr. Tod Machover, and Dr. Richard Danielpour.

Other musical endeavours include playing the piano and learning the viola. Elizabeth is also an avid chorister, having sung soprano with Gondwana Choirs, the Choir of Christ Church St. Laurence, and The Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber Choir. Elizabeth loves to read, and is currently reading the work of Elliott Antokoletz, the short stories of Flannery O'Connor, and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Elizabeth also enjoys listening to her family converse in fluent Arabic and eating her mum's delicious Lebanese food.

Elizabeth Younan — current to June 2019

Studied with

Carl Vine (2014 - 2018)

Richard Danielpour (2018 - current)

Jennifer Higdon (2018 - current)

David Serkin Ludwig (2018 - current)


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2019 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Piano Sonata

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Fantasia : for viola : viola solo (2019) Composed for the 2019 Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival
Digital sheet music sample Interwoven : String Quartet No. 1 (2019) Commissioned by Cathy Brown-Watt for performance by Musica Viva Society of Australia.
Digital sheet music sample Piano Sonata (solo piano) (2018) Commissioned by Julian Burnside for performance by Musica Viva Australia.
Piano Trio : piano trio (2018) Composed to fulfil requirements of study at the Curtis Institute of Music
Digital sheet music sample Electors of Middlemarch : for solo percussionist (2017) Composed for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music 'Composing Women' program.