Elizabeth Younan (1994) is an Australian composer of Lebanese descent. Most recently her violin solo …your heart dreams of spring was featured on Jennifer Koh’s GRAMMY award-winning album, Alone Together.
Accolades include an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Kendall National Violin Competition’s Watermark Composition Prize, the 102.5 Fine Music and Willoughby Symphony Young Composer Award, and the Jean Bogan Youth Prize.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition with First Class Honours and a Master of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied with Carl Vine AO with assistance from the Australian Postgraduate Award. Elizabeth graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music which all students attend under full scholarship, and upon graduation received the Charles Miller “Alfredo Casella Award” for composition. She studied with Dr. Jennifer Higdon, Dr. David Ludwig, and Dr. Richard Danielpour as the first Australian composer in history to be admitted to Curtis.
Elizabeth is the 2021-2022 Layton Emerging Composer (UNSW), has written for principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been commissioned by the ABC and Musica Viva Australia. She is also the composer of the Lost Women of Science podcast, produced in partnership with PRX and Scientific American.