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The music of Ellen Lindquist is performed regularly throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Spain), and has also been performed in Australia, Cuba, South Korea, the Philippines, South Africa and Peru. Discovery of unique sound-worlds through collaboration is central to Ellen’s work; several of her pieces involve dance, theater, poetry, and performance art. Ellen’s work has been heard at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, and The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (New York). Past commissions range from solo and chamber pieces to choral and orchestral works. Currently, Ellen is working on a new piece for music theatre produced by Companion Star, based on the work of Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer (2011 Nobel Laureate for Literature). With its international ensemble Companion Star has presented work-in-progress performances of drömseminarium (dream seminar) in both Sweden and New York. drömseminarium has been featured on Swedish television, and on American, Swedish, and Dutch radio. Grants to support Ellen’s work on the piece while living in Sweden include fellowships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the American Swedish Institute (the Malmberg Scholarship), and development funding from The New York State Council on the Arts. She has served as composer-in-residence at Mälardalen University (Sweden), and has been invited for multiple residencies at the Visby International Centre for Composers (Sweden), the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), and the International Ceramic Research Center (Denmark; a collaboration with ceramic artist Henny Linn Kjellberg to develop porcelain percussion instruments). Ellen has been invited to speak about her work live and in radio interviews in the US, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. Her work is published by Potenza Music, Marimba Productions, Inc., and Apple Mountain Music Press (ASCAP).

As a pianist, Ellen has performed as chamber musician and accompanist in the US, Canada, and Europe. She was a co-founder of the Musicians’ Alliance for Peace (MAP), and co-organized MAP’s annual Music for Peace Project, a global network of concerts for peace. During the years 2004-07, 350 concerts dedicated to peace were performed in 30 countries. Ellen holds degrees from Stony Brook University (MA and PhD in composition) and Middlebury College (BA in composition and piano performance). She has served as Associate Professor in the Composition Department at NTNU in Trondheim, and has taught at the Gotland School of Music Composition in Sweden and Stony Brook University. Ellen is a member of the Norsk Komponistforening (The Norwegian Society of Composers). She lives near Trondheim, Norway with her family. Upcoming projects include commissions in Sweden and Norway. A deep respect for and love of the natural world is reflected in her work.


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Catalogue of Works

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(Last updated February 2013)

Publisher: Apple Mountain Music Press (ASCAP)
(** Published by Marimba Productions, Inc.)

Music-Theatre/Performance Art/Theatre/Dance

drömseminarium (dreamseminar), an evening-length work for music-theatre based on the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer. Produced by Companion Star of New York (premiere in Sweden and New York, 2011)
Gaia (1998) (solo violin); dance piece titled Shruthi: Something Heard choreographed by Andrea Olsen.
Commissioned by the Middlebury College Department of Dance.
Our Fathers’ Daughters (1997) (solo cello); evening-length performance art piece.
Commissioned by the Northampton Moving Writing Group.
Heresies (1994) (flute, oboe, percussion, piano, cello); music for the play Heresies (1985) by Debra Levy.
Commissioned by the Middlebury College Department of Theatre.


Aspetuck Waters (1998) for piano, string orchestra, and percussion.
Commissioned by The Friends of the Easton Public Library.
Three Excursions (1996) for string orchestra and percussion. Jointly commissioned by the Virginia Unit of the American String Teachers’ Association and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William.


I Dream’d in a Dream (2002) for TTBB (or SATB) chorus, violin, piano (text: Walt Whitman).
Commissioned by the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus.
The Bears Wake Up (2004) for children’s chorus (text: Marilyn A. Johnson).
Commissioned by the Pocantico Hills School.

Vocal Works

Chants d’Amour et de Mort (1996), a song cycle with poetry by Isabelle Balot for tenor, violin, cello, and piano.
Commissioned by Isabelle Balot.
The Second Coming (1993/2001) for soprano, tenor, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cello
(text: Wiiliam Butler Yeats).
Groundings (2004) for soprano, Indian harmonium, violin, and piano
This instrumentation commissioned by the Karlsson/Holmertz/Hellqvist trio (Oslo, Norway).

Chamber Music

Duo: Zosa (2005) for oboe and piano. Commissioned by Laura Karney.

(2004) for alto sax (or clarinet), cello, and piano (also for alt fl, bsn, pno; alt fl, vc, pno; tenor sax, bass cl, pno; vln, vc, pno).
Commissioned by the British trio Ephyra. (Later versions for the Hagen Trio, The Water Project, The Thelema Trio, and the Scarborough Trio)
(2010) for string trio. For the Maranti Strijktrio (the Netherlands).

Quintet: Fanfare (2001) for brass quintet. Commissioned by the Stony Brook University Department of Music.

Sextet: Aspetuck Waters (1998) arranged for piano with two violins, viola, cello, and bass.


Nakoda (2002) for solo amplified alto flute. Commissioned by Erin Lesser.
Zonnebloem (2008) for solo clarinet. Commissioned by Alicia Bennett.
Turning Towards the Sea: 17 Haiku for Solo Trombone (2005). Commissioned by Benjamin Lanz.
Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky (2003) for solo marimba. Commissioned by Trent Petrunia. **
Be Still, My Soul (2001) for multi-percussion solo. Commissioned by I-Ju Chang. **
Eos (2005) for solo violin. Commissioned by Benjamin Robison.
Gaia (1998) for solo violin. Commissioned by the Middlebury College Department of Dance.
Pastorale and Invention (1995) for solo piano.