Elisabeth’s journey is wholly interdisciplinary as she creates multiple artistic paths as a clarinet and saxophone teacher, performer, composer, and visual artist.

The artist’s way.

Maintaining a diverse practice in music performance and visual arts Elisabeth Kelvin energetically and enthusiastically paints what she hears and plays what she sees. Elisabeth’s journey is wholly interdisciplinary as she creates multiple artistic paths as a clarinet and saxophone teacher, performer, composer, and visual artist.

Passionate and steadfast dedication.

Pursuing and completing my Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Applied Music (Clarinet) with accompanying relevant course work in History, Theory and Research Methodology fostered a deep interest in combining academic research, performance,  and education.  She is as passionate developing a deeply sincere relationship with the artists in her midst as she is steadfastly dedicated to the flourishing of contemporary classical composers, improvisers, and artists.

An integrative approach.

Elisabeth’s experience as a performer and educator with an interest in diverse aspects of contemporary performance practice is the central motivation to make music. The intersecting of her work in education, creating new music and art, and performance experience call for a multifaceted approach towards materials and music practice. This integrative approach yields not only important results regarding the significance of the performing and artistic career of Elisabeth but also insights about the woman herself, her time, and, how she creates a space for herself as a woman in that time.

Forging connections.

Key to the following recordings is how forging new connections with a wide range of performers, teachers, and composers throughout the world broadens the appreciation of and expands the discourse around a woman’s body of work, albeit without much in the way of formal academic recognition. Considering the relevance, importance, and potential in addressing some of the pressing social, cultural, and music performance challenges of our times, Elisabeth is committed to contributing to the present and future discourse surrounding contemporary music.

Selected Recordings


Stations of the (Double) Crossed by Elisabeth Kelvin

Moist by John Plankenhorn

feed it all it needs 1 – 4  by John Plankenhorn

The Big Dry


Chasing Traces

4 Bass Clarinets! with JUST MUSIC – Live at AU in Vienna

Cooking with Vienna Improvisers Orchestra


Improv for Beginners


The Gift of Liquor by Cunky Spurtle 

Sweet Screw by Cunky Spurtle for Velek

Trigger Warning by Elisabeth Kelvin, Nadia Kelvin, and John Plankenhorn

Give sun kicks daily by Elisabeth Kelvin and Potzblitz Brak

Breathe: oxygen is sexy by Gentle Enquiry 

Ocean with ArtsReact Project 2019

Strange Radio with Karen Werner

Experimental Music

Respire Anew by Elisabeth Kelvin

Further Music and Art videos

Available now.

New music scores for improvisers.


Elisabeth received a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and her Masters then her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University. Early experiences as an orchestral musician beginning as a student in the Sydney Youth Orchestra leading to professional engagements with the numerous orchestras and ensembles including Willoughby Symphony, Mosman Musical Society,  Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Lansing Symphony Orchestra, alerted Elisabeth to the importance of precise communication and potential of the collective in music-making. Her extensive chamber music experience from classical standards by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms through to twentieth-century composers including Stravinsky, Messiaen, Sculthorpe, and Boulez, awakened in her a sense of exquisite balance and refinement that has carried on into her contemporary performances. She has trained and developed many keen students as a lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, and later in the Tamworth Conservatorium of Music.

Elisabeth performs professionally in the USA, Europe, and Australia, presenting her own compositions, collaborations, and jazz greats.  Her musical practice centers around contemporary music on woodwind instruments, primarily clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone, as well as composition and improvisation. Creative activities have led her to numerous conferences, masterclasses, workshops and retreats in Australia, USA, Great Britain, and throughout Europe.

For enquiries about compositions and commissions please contact Elisabeth

© 2023 Elisabeth Kelvin


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