Ellen Lindquist

(born 1970 Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, residence Trondheim, Norway) is a Swedish composer and piano player. Her music is performed regularly throughout many countries in the world such as the US, Canada, Europe Australia, Cuba, South Korea, Philippines, and South Africa. Discovery of unique world sound through collaboration is central to Ellen’s work; Several of her pieces involve dance, theater, poetry, and performance art. Ellen’s work has been heard at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, and The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (New York). Past commissions range from solo and chamber pieces to choral and orchestral works. Currently, Ellen is working on a new piece for music-theatre produced by Companion Star based on the work of Swedish poet Tomas Transtörmer. With its international ensemble Companion Star has presented work-in-progress performances of drömseminarium (dream seminar) in both Sweden and New York. (The premiere will be 2014 in Sweden.) Drömseminarium has been featured on Swedish television, and on American, Swedish, and Dutch radio. She has served as composer-in-residence at Mälardalen University, Sweden, and has been invited for multiple residencies at the Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden and the Banff Centre for Arts, Canada. Lindquist has been invited to speak about her work live and in radio interviews in the US, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Composition Department at NTNU in Trondheim, and has served as visiting professor at the Gotland School of Music Composition in Sweden and taught at Stony Brook University. Upcoming projects include commissions in Sweden and Norway.
Selecetd works: Zonnebloem, 2008, for cl solo; Eos, 2005, for solo vl; Sémélé, 1996/2002, for T or S, tior, lyrics by Isabelle Balot; Three Excursions, 1996, for str, perc; Lagoon, 1996, for str, perc. The Bears Wake Up, 2004, for children Coro, pf, lyrics by Marilyn A. Johnson; Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, 2003, for mar solo; Zosa, 2005, for ob, pf; Fanfare for  Brass Quintet, 2001, for 2 Bb tr, cor, trb, trb-b.
Selected recordings: All Times identical, Thomas Burritt, solo marimba, Go Fish Music.
Publications direction: Marimba Productions Inc. and Apple Mountain Music Press (ASCAP).
Awards, selection: Grants to support Ellen’s work on the piece while living in Sweden include fellowships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the American Swedish Institute (the Malmberg Scholarship), and development funding from New York State Council on the Arts.

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