Eliane Aberdam

  • Professor of Music/Teacher in Composition, Director of Graduate Studies in Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2794
  • Email: eliane@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Fine Arts Center, E203
  • Website


As a child, Eliane Aberdam studied piano and theory at the Conservatoire National de Region in Grenoble, France (1972-1981). In 1998-1999, she taught at the University of Northern Iowa. Her works are performed in Israel, Europe, and the United States. She attended music festivals such as The Bartok Seminar in Hungary, June in Buffalo, the Académie d’Été in Paris, and Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont (France).

In 1995, she was selected by IRCAM (Institute of Research & Coordination Acoustic/Music) for the Annual Course in electronic music. In 2000, the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain (Paris) premiered the chamber orchestra piece Quoi? Ce point after Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Table.” Her violin concerto “In Memoriam: for the Ukrainian Fighters, Hope, The Lost Ones” was premiered in Kyiv in June 2023. 

She has been teaching composition and theory at the University of Rhode Island since 2001. She has written three operas, numerous chamber and orchestral works, art songs, choir pieces, solo pieces for various instruments, works for electronic music,  one contrabass concerto and one violin concerto. Her works are published by Delatour France Editions and by Hofmeister in Leipzig.


Composition and music theory; Modern era music history; Electronic music; Musical form and analysis; Choral arranging, instrumentation and orchestration; Eighteenth-century counterpoint


  • Ph.D. in music composition, University of California at Berkeley, 1998
  • M.A. in music, University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, 1992

Selected Publications

  • In Our Own Voices, Chamber Opera
  • Quoi? Ce Point for Chamber Orchestra
  • Otohime, Contrabass Concerto
  • Terpsichore, for flute, clarinet, and cello
  • Fumo in Aereo, for percussion quartet
  • Souvenir des Alpes, for cello solo
  • Shahrazad, monodrama for soprano, harp, and actress
  • In Our Own Voices, opera about transracial adoption
  • Grisailles Vaporeuses, piano trio
  • In Memoriam, Violin concerto