2020 Artist

Elizabeth Foster Comninellis

Elizabeth Foster Comninellis (b. 1986) is a composer, singer, and pianist. She completed her doctorate in music composition at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. She holds a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Colorado- Boulder, and a bachelor’s degree in music composition, with an emphasis in vocal and piano performance, from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She has studied under acclaimed composers Yevgeniy Sharlat, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy and Carter Pan.

Comninellis is the composer-in-residence for the Boulder Symphony Orchestra . Her most recent work, Fire and Glass, was premiered by the ensemble in December 2019. Elizabeth primarily writes large chamber works, many of which have theatrical and narrative components. She seeks out collaborative projects with other artists from all fields: media, film, dance, theater. Many of her ideas are drawn from literature, visual art, film, dance, and personal faith.