Jonathan Elliott


Composer Jonathan Elliott has received wide-spread acclaim for his compositions, which span a wide range of media, from solo instrumental works to tape collages to orchestral works.

Born in Philadelphia in 1962, Jonathan Elliott began his piano studies at age six. He later studied composition with Annea Lockwood at Vassar College. He was a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival, and and continued his studies as a fellowship recipient at the University of Chicago, where he studied with Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran. He received the Ph.D. in Composition in 1988.

Jonathan Elliott has received prizes and honors from the American Composers Forum, the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, BMI, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, Meet the Composer, the W. K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, the University of Chicago, Vassar College, and the Darmstadt International Festival of New Music (Germany). He was a winner of the 1991 Civic Orchestra of Chicago Composers Competition, and has been a finalist in major competitions including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composers Competition (1990), GALA Chorus Festival Composers Competition (1991), Forum 91/UNESCO International Composers Competition (1991), Chamber Music Chicago Composers Competition (1989), and was the first Runner-Up in the New York Youth Symphony and Brass Choir Composers Competition (1990). In 1996 he was a winner of the American Composers Forum Commissioning Project competition.

Jonathan Elliott is active as a jazz and improvisational pianist, and has accompanied numerous dance companies including Twyla Tharp Dance, the Hubbard Street Dance Company of Chicago, the Vassar College Repertory Dance Theater, and dance masters Jimmy Truitt, Jaques D'Amboise, Denise Jefferson, Ray Cook, and others.

Recent performances include the premiere of Field Music: Return by the Friends and Enemies of New Music, NYC; Six Motions by Composers Concordance in conjunction with New York University, NYC. Upcoming performances and projects include the world premiere of Field Music: Spiral, a trio for flute, viola and harp, commissioned by the American Composers Forum and Auréole, at the 92nd Street Y, NYC in February 1998; the premiere of A Slow Waltz (is no waltz at all) by the Saint Ann's Chamber Players; a sound-and-video installation, Billy's Lips, at the Rotunda Gallery, NYC; excerpts from A Short History of Sensation at Context Studios, NYC. A new work for mixed choir and electronics will receive a premiere performance at the 1999 conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago.

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