Liza Sobel, composer

Liza Sobel is a composer and singer who combines the lyricism of vocal music with the timbral exploration in instrumental music. Her work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Symphony Space, Aldeburgh Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Brevard Music Institute, and Bowdoin’s International Music Festival. Performers that have played her music include Spektral String Quartet; Cygnus Ensemble; Third Coast Percussion; Nouveau Classical Project; Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble; New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra; Cuatro Puntos; Helix; and Joseph Lin, first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet. Her “Requiem” won the American Prize and was a finalist in the BMI Young Composers Award. Her orchestra piece “Tocsin” was a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers’ Award. Other awards include a Fulbright scholarship, and Cornell’s endorsed candidate and/or finalist for the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Keasbey scholarships. As a singer, Liza regularly performs both new and standard repertoire, as well as her own music. Liza frequently performs music by living emerging composers. Many composers have written pieces specifically for her. In addition, she regularly collaborates with Dr. Walter Hilse, composer, organist, and professor at Manhattan School of Music. Hilse has composed eight pieces for Liza, several of which she has premiered over the last two years.

Liza is in her DMA for composition at Northwestern University where she also teaches Aural Skills. She previously studied at Rutgers University’ Mason Gross Conservatory (MA); Cornell University (BA), and Manhattan School of Music (exchange student). She currently studies composition with Hans Thomalla. Past composition teachers include Steven Stucky, Richard Danielpour, Tarik O’Regan, Derek Bermel, Robert Aldridge, David Dzubay, Gerald Chenoweth, and Jay Yim. She studies voice with Theresa Brancaccio at Northwestern. Past voice teachers include: Judith Nicosia and Judith Kellock.