Works performed by Earplay:

Ha Milah

Eliane Aberdam was born in Nancy, France. She studied piano and theory at the Conservatoire National de Region in Grenoble (1972-1981). She did her undergraduate studies in composition at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, where she studied with Mark Kopytman. In 1989, she entered the graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with George Crumb, and obtained her Masters degree in 1992. She completed her Ph.D. in Composition at U.C. Berkeley. In 1998-1999, she taught composition, theory and Music technology at the University of Northern Iowa. She currently teaches composition and theory at the University of Rhode Island.

Her works are performed in Israel, Europe, and the United States. She attended music festivals such as The Bartok Seminar in Hungary, June in Buffalo, the Académie d'Été in Paris, and Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont (France). In 1995, she was selected by IRCAM for the Annual Course in electronic music, and for the commission of PaRDeS, an electro-acoustic work for chamber ensemble and electronics. In 2000, the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris) commissioned and premiered the chamber orchestra piece Quoi? Ce point (after Primo Levi’s book Periodic Table). In 2006, she wrote Tamar, an opera in 3 acts with libretto by Maurya Simon based on the biblical story of Tamar and Amnon. The opera was premiered at URI in 2007. Aberdam writes for all kinds of styles and genres: electronics, orchestral, chamber, chorus, and solo. Her recent works and commissions include a piece for soprano and electronics The Seven Deadly Sins (2010), an orchestra piece Les Bons Augures (2011), a piece for wind ensemble Zamarine (2012), and a piece for soprano, harp and violin Deux Poèmes Océaniques (2012). She composed A Demon in my View for the Aurea Ensemble (2013) and Figurines for Earplay in summer 2014. She is currently working on a piano and electronic piece Le piano Fou and on a chamber orchestra piece. In August 2015, the group Amiche will perform The Heart of Shahrazad in Pittsburgh, PA with her music.

Her website is

[from program for January 19, 2015 concert]