Elisabeth Kelvin’s creative practice blends the visual with the aural – she paints what she hears and plays what she sees. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Master’s then Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University. Early career experiences as an orchestral and chamber musician alerted Elisabeth to the importance of precise communication and potential of the collective in music making. As a lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, and later in the regional Australian centre of Tamworth and working with contemporary Indigenous artists, she was introduced to the role and meaning of place in social connectivity, improvisation, symbolic and abstract art, and movement in live performance. By being now based in the city of her grandparents, she is rediscovering her own cultural heritage. From upper-story Vienna windows, she imagines she hears long-forgotten snippets of song and conversation or dampened piano chords still crisscrossing the streets and years.
Elisabeth launched her professional visual arts practice in 2000, and since then has staged solo exhibitions and participated in collaborative shows in Australia and Austria. She became an active member of the One+2 Artist Studios, Sydney in 2009. Her visual arts work is mostly abstract, and encompasses a range of media including oil, watercolour, pastel, ink and mixed media. She regularly exhibits her art at various Viennese galleries and festivals. Recent career highlights include a well-received solo exhibition, Harbour City Tones and Colours, at Salerno Gallery, Sydney, Australia and a series of solo and group shows in Contemplor Galerie, Reinl Galerie, and Historisches Volksmuseum (Konstante Art Fair), Vienna, Austria.
Elisabeth performs professionally in the USA, Europe and Australia, presenting her own compositions, collaborations, and jazz greats. Her musical practice centres around woodwind instruments, primarily saxophone and clarinet, as well as original composition. Elisabeth provides music training to both children of all ages and adults, in formal education institutions and through her individual development program. Her integrative approach is based on the principles of gentle enquiry and individual development. Likewise, her visual arts exhibitions include related performance elements. She teaches music, art, and dance to children of all ages and – along with being a founding member of Gentle Enquiry – performs throughout Europe as a soloist and with Ozmosis, Vienna Improvisors Orchestra, Free Form-Just Music and Trio Amacord+.