Liam Elliot

Medium: Sound and Music
Website: https://www.liamelliotmusic.com


Liam Elliot is a Canadian composer and sound artist from Calgary, AB currently living in Princeton, NJ. His work seeks to create a sense of place and reflects a fascination with the sounds and processes of the natural world. Through his music and sound installations, Liam encourages audiences to listen in new ways to the world around them. He creates acoustic and electroacoustic pieces for concert performance and builds sound sculptures that directly transform natural processes into musical sound. As an improvisor, he builds physical and digital instruments to sample and shape the sounds of his collaborators.

Liam is a PhD candidate in composition at Princeton University. He completed a Bachelor of Music in Composition at Acadia University and a Master of Philosophy in Music Studies at the University of Cambridge. He has participated in several residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and has studied composition privately with Anna Thorvaldsdottir. His work has been performed across Canada, and in the US, the UK, Germany, and Bulgaria by musicians including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Sō Percussion, Latitude 49, Arx Duo, Bergamot Quartet, Aizuri Quartet, Bergamot Quartet, Dither Quartet, Steve Schick, and Ellen Fullman. His sound sculptures have been installed in outdoor locations across Canada, as well as in galleries in London and Berlin. To learn more about his work, please visit liamelliotmusic.com.

Projects and Exhibitions

  • Spacebox: Installed at the APT Gallery, London from May 4-6, 2018. With Sarah McCabe.
  • Cloud/Mass: Chamber version premiered by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and participants in the Ensemble Evolution program conducted by Steven
  • Schick at the Banff Centre for the Arts on July 1, 2017.
  • Winter Music: Released on the album Lucid by India Gailey. Has also been performed in London, Halifax, and at the Banff Centre.
  • Mer: For string quartet, narrator, and pre-recorded electronics with poetry by Sue Goyette. Has been performed in New York and at the Banff Centre.
  • Threnody: Film score for a short film by Joe Armstrong.
  • Grove: Sound sculpture installed in Wolfville, NS from Sept. 2016 to Aug. 2017.
  • Music Boxes: Sound sculpture installed in Wolfville, NS from Sept. 2016 to Aug. 2017.

Awards and Prizes

  • 2017, 2016 - Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
  • Pat and Connie Carlson Artist Award
  • Terry and Gary Guidry Artist Award
  • 2014 - University of Cambridge
  • Cambridge Trust Scholar
  • Studentship from the Benson and Carslaw Funds
  • 2013 - Acadia University
  • E.A. Collins Award in Music - Composition Dr. Don Wright Award in Music - Arranging Minnie A. Poole Scholarship for piano
  • Acadia Excellence Scholarship