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Elizabeth Jigalin : Associate Artist

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Elizabeth Jigalin is a composer, improvisor and performer based in Sydney/Eora on Gadigal land. Elizabeth's approach to music is imaginative, playful and collaborative. As an artist, she embraces the opportunity to work across styles and mediums.

Elizabeth's music has been premiered at festivals around the world including Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Extended Play, Darmstadt, BIFEM, Rouse Hill Psychedelia, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Women of Noise and Australia's Silent Film Festival. At present, she is Composer-in-Residence for Voices of Women and Moorambilla Voices. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Sydney Youth Orchestras, Bundanon Trust, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Bondi Pavillion. Previously, her music and ideas have been brought to life by a variety of collaborators including Vanessa Tomlinson, Will Hansen, Jane Aubourg, Ensemble Offspring, Soundstream, Screen Dive, Lost in Books and FBI's All the Best.

Since 2015, Elizabeth is the founder of creative music collective The Music Box Project who were awarded Excellence for Experimental Music at the 2020 APRA AMCOS/AMC Art Music Awards for Shallow Listening - a project premiered at BIFEM that featured her music theatre work prelude & pickle (2019). The group has premiered over 40 works by early career composers.

Elizabeth studied with Damien Ricketson, Damian Barbeler and Rosalind Page at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a recipient of the Ted & Susan Meller Scholarship and Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize.

From 2016-2020, Elizabeth co-curated Backstage Music and in 2020, Elizabeth was part of the artistic team for Hibernation Festival of the Lo-fi where she presented a weekly breakfast sound show Sound on Toast. She also makes music with guitarist Danica Hobden as 'dnka+zil' and previously in the band 'nou'.

Elizabeth also enjoys teaching composition, encouraging students to think creatively about music. She has taught composition privately and at schools across Sydney, presented composition workshops for Sydney Youth Orchestra, NSW Department of Education, MLC's Australian Music Day and as part of Sydney Symphony's 'Tuned Up!' teacher training program and tutored at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In 2022, in collaboration with music educator Laura Andrew and Cobar High School, Elizabeth facilitated Sounds & Stories an education program that saw students collaboratively compose a sound installation that incorporated aural histories, sound design and original music. For this project, Elizabeth and Laura were awarded the 2023 APRA AMCOS/AMC Art Music Award for Excellence in Music Education.

Elizabeth Jigalin — current to October 2023

Studied with

Rosà Lind Page (2013)

Damien Ricketson (2014 - 2016)


Collaborated with

the music box project (2014)

Jane Aubourg (2015)


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2023 Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence in Music Education Winner Cobar High School’s Sounds & Stories

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Automaton (solo double bass) (2023) Commissioned by Will Hansen.
Prelude & Pickle : chamber ensemble (2019) Commissioned for the Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music