Elizabeth Knudson (b. 1981) is a Vancouver-based freelance composer. She began composing at a very early age–as soon as she could reach the keys of the piano while sitting on her mother’s lap, she began telling her mother to “write this down!” She was promptly enrolled in piano lessons. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music from Simon Fraser University (2004), where she studied with David MacIntyre, Owen Underhill, Janet Danielson, and Barry Truax, and a Masters degree in Composition from the University of British Columbia (2006), where she studied with Keith Hamel. In 2008, she was accepted as an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
Ms. Knudson has had works performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, West Coast Symphony, Orchestra Armonia, Phoenix Chamber Choir, musica intima, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, DaCapo Chamber Choir, Turning Point Ensemble, as well as soloists Oliver de Clercq (horn), and Ariel Barnes (cello), among others. Her works have been performed at concerts and festivals in Canada, the USA, and Albania, including the Sonic Boom Festival in Vancouver, BC, the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, ON, Baie des Chaleurs International Chamber Music Festival in Dalhousie, NB, the New Music Festival at California State University, Fullerton, CA, and broadcast on CBC Radio 2. Ms. Knudson has also recently had two orchestral works performed by the Orkestra Simfonike e RTSH (Albanian Radio-Television Orchestra) in Tirana, Albania.
In 2012, Ms. Knudson was the recipient of the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Grant through the International Horn Society, for the composition of a new trio, Alchemy. She also performed on tour , as a cellist with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, in Albania and Macedonia (summer 2012). Elizabeth has been the recipient of several other commissions and awards, including the Golden Key International Honor Society’s composition award for her orchestral piece, The Gnarled Root (2004), and winner of the Association of Canadian Women Composers’ national choral composing competition, (2005). In 2011, Elizabeth was selected for residency in the Canadian League of Composers/Canadian Music Centre’s inaugural Composer Mentorship Programme.
Outside of composing, Elizabeth plays cello in the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, as well as in her own string quartet, and teaches privately.