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.