B I O G R A P H Y Elizabeth Brown
Composer/performer Elizabeth Brown received a Master's degree in flute performance from The Juilliard School, then started composing in the late 70's. She began studying shakuhachi with Ralph Samuelson in the mid-80's, and has written a series of pieces combining Japanese and western instruments. Brown's music has been heard in Japan, the Soviet Union, Colombia, Australia and Vietnam as well as across the US and Europe, and she has been commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and Newband, among others. As a flutist, she has performed at major venues here and abroad, and recorded extensively. In addition to flute and shakuhachi, she plays theremin and dan bau (traditional Vietnamese monochord). A solo CD, Blue Minor: Chamber Music by Elizabeth Brown was recently released by Albany Records.

Brown has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy and at the MacDowell Colony, and has received grants from the Fromm Foundation, Cary Trust, Jerome Foundation, NYFA, and Copland Foundation. In 2002 she was a Visiting Artist at the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music through a grant from the Asian Cultural Council. She has given solo moonlight shakuhachi performances in Maine's Acadia National Park and in the sculpture quarry of the Lacoste School for the Arts in Provence. Immediately after the festival, she'll be Artist-in-Residence at Isle Royale National Park, a wilderness area in the middle of Lake Superior, where she'll continue work on a series of solo shakuhachi pieces inspired by nature.

Website: http://www.elizabethbrowncomposer.com
email: elibrooklyn@yahoo.com