Sarah Elise Thompson
Featured Composer


Sarah Elise Thompson is an Australian composer and pianist, based in Sydney. Sarah is a part of lost+sound: an all-female composer collective based in Sydney and is the co-artistic director and pianist in the new music ensemble SPIRAL, where she curates and performs new, minimalist-inspired works. 

Her music has been performed Australia wide, in the US and Europe. Recent commissions include the Australian Youth Orchestra, Kupka’s Piano, Sideband, Nimbus Trio, percussionist Claire Edwardes, and New York-based pianist Huizi Zhang for her debut recital at Carnegie Hall.


Sarah studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Hons). She studied with composer Gerard Brophy. In 2019, Sarah has been commissioned to write new works for Plexus, Ensemble Offspring as a part of Hatched Academy, and bass trombonist Rhys Oldham. Alice Chance is a fast-emerging young composer with a passion for choral singing and writing. The Leichhardt Espresso Chorus has commissioned a number of works from her, including Christmas Carols Three Kings and Prayer for Harmony and the Aesop’s Fables Suite (2013). 

BAMF 2020 has commissioned a work from Sarah Elise Thompson to be performed by Emerging Artists Hamish Wagstaff on organ and Mikaela Sukkar on oboe. 

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