Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Eliane Aberdam


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.

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Website of Composer Eliane Aberdam
Performance -Pittsburgh August 2015

I Have Worked With

  • January 2018 to November 2019

    Ensemble of actress and author Sarah Carleton and soprano/vocalist Lara McGill

    I have worked with Lara on two pieces (including my opera Shahrazad in 2016) and with Sarah on 4 or 5 projects. The last project is another opera to be performed November 2, 2019 in Westerly RI and in Kingston, RI.

  • February 2019 to July 2019

    Ensembe combining Poetry and Music

    Active in New England, Resident of RI

  • May 2018 to May 2019

    Cellist working all over New England and the world. 

    Has performed five different pieces of mine in the past 3 years


  • Artist

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14 Laurel avenue
Westerly, RI 02891
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14 Laurel avenue
Westerly, RI 02891
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University of Rhode Island


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Music - Composition
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Music - General
Music - Chamber
Music - Choral
Music - New
Music - Opera
Music - Orchestral
Music - Solo / Recital
Theater - General
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University of Rhode Island - Professor of Music
1998 Ph.D., Music Composition, University of California at Berkeley
1992 M.A., Music, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1988 B.Mus., Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel, and minor in Italian literature, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1995-1997 IRCAM - Paris. Selected for the Annual Course in Composition and Electronic Music and for the commission of an electro-acoustic work
1995 Nicola de Lorenzo Prize, University of California, Berkeley Composition Award ($800)
1995 Marin Symphony Composition Prize, San Rafael (CA), Reflets sur la Cité Brumeuse.
1996 Alea III International Composition Competition, Boston, for Passages. Finalist.
2018 Donne in Musica Finalist for Double bass concerto
2000 Quoi ? Ce point., for Chamber Orchestra. Commissioned by the Ensemble InterContemporain. Premiered at La Cité de la Musique, Paris, June 8, 2000
2014 Commission of Figurines by EarPlay Ensemble- Premiered in San Francisco (ODC Theater), with Ear-Play Ensemble

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
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stage and lights
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Rhode Island
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