Tamzin Elliott is a composer from a small surfing town in northern San Diego. Alongside composing she engages in a range of performance art from classical harp and Georgian folk singing to performance poetry. An avid vocal writer, Tamzin’s works have been commissioned by and performed on Dawn Upshaw’s First Song Project at the Morgan Library, where her pieces When Vera (2015), Sveitaar, sveimen var Kvieoinen: "Koorwei, Koorwei" (2013) for mezzo soprano and piano, and The Book of Ingaaric Songs for Two Faces for two mezzo sopranos were highly praised in the New York Times by opera critic Zachary Woolfe. In spring of 2015 her commissioned song cycle Gloria Nightwatch and The Ghost was premiered by Contemporaneous, and sung masterfully by soprano Lucy Dhegrae. Her next big work, Daughters Concerto for piano soloist and orchestra, will be premiered in April 2016 by The Orchestra Now conducted by Leon Botstein. In 2013, she was awarded the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award for Fixation, a duet for two violins and piano. Her other commissions have been In Preparation for the Storm for John Cage Third Construction percussion ensemble, which was premiered at the John Cage Centennial 2012 Festival, Washington DC. Through the LA Philharmonic Composer Fellow program she wrote two orchestral pieces, cloister and Amidst Cold White Stars, Wood Dreams Flesh (2009, 10) which were premiered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2010, Tamzin was awarded the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, YoungArts Top Artist’s award.
Tamzin studies composition with Joan Tower and George Tsontakis at Bard College and Conservatory, and completed her senior thesis in Poetry studying under Ann Lauterbach. Throughout high school Tamzin studied with Roger Reynolds, Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego. She was a Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellow for the 2009-2011 program in which she studied composition with James Matheson and A.J. McCaffrey. Tamzin attended the Yellow Barn Summer Music Program for the 2007-2013 seasons, and studied composition with Stephen Coxe. While there she also studied with guest composers David Ludwig, Melinda Wagner, Fred Lerdahl, Steven Mackey, and Chris Theofanidis. In 2012 she participated in the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival Young Composer Program, where she studied with David Ludwig. In 2014, she studied with Samuel Adler at Freie Univeristät in Berlin, Germany.