2012 Composer Spotlight: Elizabeth Lim

David Johnston

2012 Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Lim


Having graduated from college just four years ago, Elizabeth Lim has already garnered an impressive lineup of awards and honors. She was named Emerging Composer-in-Residence with the Berkeley Symphony in 2008. Her orchestral work Paranoia was winner of the 2009 Juilliard Orchestra Composition and premiered in Alice Tully Concert Hall. Elizabeth is a prolific and talented composer, evidenced by her considerable body of work. Earlier this year, Elizabeth’s clarinet and piano piece Rising was featured at the Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame concert, and her orchestral work Disharmony of the Spheres was read by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the ACO EarShot series. Upcoming commissions include solo works for baroque cello and guitar, plus a larger commission by the Wild Rumpus New Music Ensemble for their 2012-2013 season.

Elizabeth boasts a stellar educational pedigree – graduating magna cum laude from Harvard and recently completing her doctoral studies at Juilliard. She also composes for film and media, and has won several ASCAP film scoring fellowships. Lately, Elizabeth has been focusing on composing for choir, more specifically sacred music and works for children’s chorus. Accordingly, for her Con Edison Residency at Bloomingdale School of Music, Elizabeth plans to compose three to five choral pieces, plus complete a large-scale orchestral work already in progress. Get a sense of Elizabeth’s gorgeous choral music and check out the premiere of Sisyphean, winner of the 2010 WomenSing’s Youth Inspiring Youth commissioning program.

Now that we’ve finished our 2012 Composer Spotlight series, be on the look out for our composer interview series this fall!



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