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Dr. Liz Johnson

Composition Tutor

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Liz studied with Philip Cashian completing her PhD at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2007. Liz’s music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and received performances all over the world: ‘refreshing…evocative in subtle tonal and textural colours’ (Independent), ‘captivating …sometimes naturalistic, sometimes ethereal…’ (Birmingham Post).

Moon Incantations for choir reached the finals of the British Composer Awards and in 2008 her third string quartet Intricate Web was selected by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to open Kings Place in London, played by the Brodsky Quartet. In 2011 the opera Is This It? was performed at the Linbury Studio, Covent Garden, and Inflorescence for soprano sax and piano was premiered by Kyle Horch and Pavel Timofejevsky.

A new double CD of chamber and vocal music with the Fitzwilliam Quartet and soprano Loré Lixenberg is planned for release in 2016 (Metier), featuring all four of her string quartets including the ethereal setting of Kathleen Jamie’s Sky-burial for soprano and string quartet, Fragments for solo cello and a newly commissioned clarinet quintet featuring 6 clarinets ranging from contrabass to E flat for the clarinet soloist.

Liz has taught composition at Birmingham Conservatoire since 1999 and works with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) leading creative composition workshops for young people as part of the BCMG Learning and Participation Programme. New online materials ‘Imagine Compose’ for young composers and their teachers are available online (see Liz also works extensively in the community, in schools and in hospitals