Welcome to the website of Vancouver-based Canadian composer, Elizabeth Knudson. Elizabeth has been composing at least since the age of 2, and her passion to create music has only grown with time. Having completed her Master’s degree in 2006, she is currently freelancing at several types of music-related work, while (most importantly) establishing her career as a composer.
Musical Interests & Experience
Her musical interests and experience encompass a wide spectrum, from choral, chamber, and orchestral works to electroacoustic sound design, to multimedia collaboration in film, theatre, dance, and performance art. She is also active as a private teacher, and cellist, and is currently involved with the West Coast Symphony and Syrinx String Quartet. In December 2008, Elizabeth was accepted as an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
Future Plans & Career Goals
Plans for the near future include traveling more and seeking out short-term composer residencies, doing more collaborative work, seeking more performances outside of British Columbia, and outside of Canada, and refining her skills at orchestral composition. Career goals include becoming composer-in-residence of a professional orchestra. Her musical influences are very eclectic and diverse, and she tries to keep an open mind to all musical experiences. As a performer, she has been involved with Scandinavian folk music, Javanese Gamelan, musical theatre, opera, chamber music, a rock orchestra, electroacoustic sound art, as well as orchestral classical and 20th/21st century music.
Commissioning New Works
Should you be interested in commissioning a new work, performing or programming an existing work, or collaborating on a project, Elizabeth would be very happy to hear from you. For more information about sheet music available for purchase/rental/loan, please visit the publications page.
- ‘Tre visioni (Three Visions)’ for button accordion (bayan) and piano
- ‘Mountain Sketches’ for oboe, violin, viola & cello
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“Composer Travels” blog
Starting in 2013, Elizabeth will begin documenting some of her composing-related travels. To follow her musical adventures, click on the image below, or follow the blog link here.