Elizabeth Kelly is an American composer currently based in the UK. Her music embraces broad influence running the gamut from ‘majestic Wagnerian lines aggressively punctuated’ (Boston Musical Intelligencer) to ‘rasping jazzy exploration’ (The Guardian). Her compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK and the Gaudeamus Festival in the Netherlands. Her music has been commissioned and performed by diverse ensembles including the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Albany Symphony Dogs of Desire, the ASKO Schoenberg Ensemble (Netherlands), Alarm Will Sound (US), the Curious Chamber Players (Sweden), Icebreaker (UK), the Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10 (UK), and the New York and Netherlands (NJO) Youth Symphonies.
In 2018, Kelly’s work has been recognised with a prestigious Opera America/Virginia Toulmin Foundation ‘Discovery’ grant for female composers and a UK Performing Rights Society (PRS) ‘Women Make Music’ award. She has won numerous prizes for her music including two Morton Gould awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and a First Music Prize from the New York Youth Symphony. She won 2nd prize at the 2009 Apeldoorn YCM Competition and 1st prize at the 2011 Young Masters XXI competition in the Netherlands. Her work has been supported by MacDowell, Yaddo and Ucross Colony Fellowships, published by Donemus (Netherlands) and released by Centaur Records (US) and Huddersfield Contemporary Records (UK).
Dr. Kelly is Director of Composition & Assistant Professor in Music Composition at the University of Nottingham in the UK. She earned a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Eastman School of Music with support from a prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship from the United States Department of Education and a University of Rochester Robert Sproull Fellowship, awarded to the top incoming doctoral students at the university. She also holds degrees in music from the Yale (summa cum laude), the University of Michigan, and The Hague Royal Conservatory. She wona grant from the Frank Beebe Fund to support her studies in the Netherlands