Eliane Aberdam is a composer. As a child, Aberdam studied piano and theory at the Conservatoire National de Region in Grenoble, France (1972-1981). She completed her undergraduate studies in composition at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dancein Jerusalem, where she studied with Mark Kopytman (1987). In 1989, she entered the graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied with George Crumb, and obtained her Master’s degree in 1992. She completed her Ph.D. in Composition at U.C. Berkeley. In 1998-1999, she taught at the University of Northern Iowa. 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 (Institute of Research & Coordination Acoustic/Music) for the Annual Course in electronic music. In 2000, the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain (Paris) premiered the chamber orchestra piece Quoi? Ce pointafter Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Table.” She has been teaching composition and theory at the University of Rhode Island since 2001.
Eliane Aberdam composes in an eclectic style tailored to the forces at hand, using atonal idioms mixed with modal segments in the same piece to achieve well-blended and unique results. This eclecticism expands beyond the harmonic field and reaches every component of the fabric of music. She writes from electronic media to opera, from large orchestra to solo works, from meticulously notated scores to stochastic writing, and from four-minute pieces to fully developed seventy-five minute pieces. Aberdam hopes to make her audience experience a spectrum of emotions, ranging from the enjoyment of the beautiful timbral combinations such as her quintet "Figurines" to the shocking shamelessness of The Seven Sins, for soprano and electronic fixed media.