Elizabeth Younan (1994) is an Australian-Lebanese composer from Sydney, currently living in Philadelphia, USA.
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. The work was subsequently nominated for ‘Instrumental Work of the Year’ at the 2019 Art Music Awards.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition with First Class Honours (2015) and a Master of Music (2018) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied with composer Carl Vine AO. 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 and Dr David Ludwig as the second Australian composer in history to be admitted to Curtis.
Upcoming premieres include Elizabeth’s second string quartet by the Goldmund Quartet for the 2020 Musica Viva International Concert Season, her second woodwind quintet, Kismet, for the Rock School for Dance Education, and the first movement of her Viola Concerto which will be premiered by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra with soloist Beatrice Chen.
‘‘I deeply value organicism, motivic economy and structural integrity.’’