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Jonathan Elliott composes music of unusual beauty and powerful expression. Called "excellent, darkly and lusciously scored" by the NEW YORK TIMES and "haunting and expressive" by the NEW MUSIC CONNOISSEUR, Elliott's music has been performed in Europe, Asia, throughout North and South America, and Africa. His work--ranging from chamber and solo instrumental music to electroacoustic works and sound installation--is inspired by nature's patterns and systems, the physicality of sound, and the evocative qualities of sound memory.

Elliott has received awards and honors including fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the International Festival of New Music at Darmstadt, Centre Acanthes, the Aspen Music Festival, and the W.K. Rose Trust. He has won prizes from BMI, ASCAP, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Forum, Forum 91/UNESCO, and has been a nominee for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Music Awards. Elliott has been commissioned by leading concert artists and presenters including PS 122, the Poetry Project at Saint Marks, the American Liszt Society, the American Composers Forum, the Jerome Foundation, the Monadnock Music Festival, Koch International Classics, and the Center for Experimental Theater at Vassar College, and Virtuale Switzerland. His music is published by Lux Nova Press and PBP Music and recorded on Koch International Classics, Centaur and Duo Montagnard Records. His works for instruments and electronics draw on his long experience as a jazz and improvising pianist and his experience with musique concrète, sound art and multimedia performance. His chamber works for saxophone, including EPIPHANY (1986), FIELD MUSIC: ASH (2005) and ODD PRELUDES (2001), are acclaimed additions to the classical saxophone repertoire.

A native of Philadelphia, Elliott was raised in Bucks County, PA. After early piano studies, Elliott studied composition with Annea Lockwood at Vassar College and with Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran at the University of Chicago. A visual artist as well as musician, he has lived in Brooklyn, NY, since 1988.

For information regarding his work or to inquire about commissioning a new work, contact him at jelliottcomposer@gmail.com.