Elizabeth Layton

Dr Elizabeth Layton

Head, Classical Performance

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


My research investigates music performance through string playing, and includes exploration of the collaboration, repertoire and innovative teaching required to enable any performer to reach their full potential.

My most recent research centres around violinist George Enescu, examining his seminal 1921 Bucharest Recital Series, innovative for the amount of repertoire and new work included. I also explore lesser known violin sonata repertoire from the early decades of the twentieth century, performing, recording and re-appraising neglected scores.

I welcome inquiries from string students at undergraduate and postgraduate level to the Elder Conservatorium.

My projects include:

  Violin Sonata in E flat major by Stan Golestan (1875-1956)
  i) Andantino ii) Andante sostenuto iii) Allegro animato. 

The first and only recording of Golestan's violin sonata since its composition in 1908, performed here with Larissa Schneider (piano). It represents the intersection of Eastern European and French culture in Paris at the height of the city's artistically fruitful period in the first decade of the twentieth century. An unjustly neglected work, this project advocates for a fresh appraisal of an under-appreciated composer and his music.

https://doi.org/10.25909/5d158df83c4e5

 

  Artaria - the string player in collaboration
  Chamber music by Britten, Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Bax

In a dynamic collaboration between strings and wind, the oboe is featured in this new CD recording. An added dimension is brought to the project through a multi-media approach, using visual footage of South Australian landscapes specifically filmed and edited to reflect the music's varying moods. This contemporary slant allows fresh insights into these works, traditionally associated with the English countryside of the 1930s. The inclusion of visuals allows a new audience access to this repertoire through film.

https://artaria.co

 

Ferruccio Busoni - Performer as composer

Pianist Ferruccio Busoni was hailed as one of the greatest performers of the early twentieth century, an outstanding musician who also composed and arranged music. This project examines the role of the performer as composer through a live recording of Busoni's second violin sonata with Lucinda Collins (piano). It seeks to provide an original interpretation of Busoni's work, informed by research on another virtuosic performer and composer, violinist George Enescu. Enescu's recorded performances of his own works and the parallel careers of these two artists prompt further re-examination of compositions by eminent performers.

https://doi.org/10.25909/5d1c82ba0c267

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Head of Classical Performance, Head of Strings and Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2010 Violin Lecturer Royal Scottish Conservatoire
    1999 - 2010 Concertmaster BBC
    1997 - 1999 Associate Concertmaster Academy of St Martin in the Fields
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    Royal College of Music United Kingdom ARCM
  • Research Interests

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  • Live Performance of Creative Works

    Year Citation
    2018 Layton, E. (2018). Blue Ginger (by Paul Dean) (No. Of Pieces: 10 minutes) [Performance]. Hepburn Springs, Victoria.
    2018 Layton, E. (2018). Blue Ginger (by Paul Dean) (No. Of Pieces: 10 minutes) [Performance]. Hepburn Springs, Victoria.
    2018 Layton, E., & Cox, M. (2018). Divertimento for Strings (by Aaron Pelle) (No. Of Pieces: 15 minutes) [Performance]. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide; Adelaide.
    2018 Layton, E., & Cox, M. (2018). Divertimento for Strings (by Aaron Pelle) (No. Of Pieces: 15 minutes) [Performance]. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide; Adelaide.
    2016 Cashman, P., & Pickering, C. (2016). World premiere of Three Persian Prayers by Anne Cawrse for Violin, piano and voice (No. Of Pieces: 20 minutes) [Performance]. Ukaria Cultural Centre.
    2016 Layton, E. (2016). Australian premiere of The Windhover for solo violin by Richard Chew (No. Of Pieces: 10 minutes) [Performance]. Ukaria Cultural Centre.
    2016 Layton, E. (2016). Australian premiere of The Windhover for solo violin by Richard Chew (No. Of Pieces: 10 minutes) [Performance]. Ukaria Cultural Centre.
    2016 Layton, E., & Cashman, P. (2016). Re-examination of Louis Vierne Sonata for Violin and Piano Op 23 (No. Of Pieces: 28 minutes) [Performance]. Ukaria Cultural Centre.
    2016 Layton, E., & Cashman, P. (2016). Re-examination of Louis Vierne Sonata for Violin and Piano Op 23 (No. Of Pieces: 28 minutes) [Performance]. Ukaria Cultural Centre.
    2016 Layton, E. (2016). Australian premiere of Secret Psalm for solo violon by Oliver Knussen (No. Of Pieces: 7 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide.
    2016 Layton, E. (2016). Australian premiere of Secret Psalm for solo violon by Oliver Knussen (No. Of Pieces: 7 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide.
    2015 Layton, E. (2015). World premiere of Animal by Daniel Portelli (No. Of Pieces: 10 minutes) [Performance]. Samstag Gallery, Adelaide.
    2015 Layton, E. (2015). World premiere of Animal by Daniel Portelli (No. Of Pieces: 10 minutes) [Performance]. Samstag Gallery, Adelaide.
    2014 Layton, E. (2014). National broadcast reinterpretation of Violin Concerto by Raymond Hanson (No. Of Pieces: 40 minutes) [Performance]. Sydney: Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
    2014 Layton, E. (2014). National broadcast reinterpretation of Violin Concerto by Raymond Hanson (No. Of Pieces: 40 minutes) [Performance]. Sydney: Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
    2014 Layton, E. (2014). National broadcast and re-examination of Violn sonata by Reynaldo Hahn (No. Of Pieces: 20 minutes) [Performance]. Sydney: ABC Classic FM.
    2014 Layton, E. (2014). World premiere of Hungarian Dances for violin, piano and cello by Quentin Grant (No. Of Pieces: 12 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide.
    2014 Layton, E. (2014). World premiere of Hungarian Dances for violin, piano and cello by Quentin Grant (No. Of Pieces: 12 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide.
    2014 Layton, E. (2014). World premiere of Attersee Tântze by Graham Chapman Smith for violin, cello and piano (No. Of Pieces: 10 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide: The Firm.
    2014 Layton, E. (2014). World premiere of Attersee Tântze by Graham Chapman Smith for violin, cello and piano (No. Of Pieces: 10 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide: The Firm.
    2012 Bodman Rae, J. (2012). World Premiere of Glossolalia by Erkki Veltheim (No. Of Pieces: Unknown) [Performance]. Elder Hall, Adelaide: Soundstream Collective.
    2012 Layton, E., Handsworth, P., & Ammer, S. (2012). World premiere of Ceol Mor by Charles Bodman Rae (No. Of Pieces: 13 minutes) [Performance]. Sydney: ABC Classic FM.
    2012 Layton, E., Handsworth, P., & Ammer, S. (2012). World premiere of Ceol Mor by Charles Bodman Rae (No. Of Pieces: 13 minutes) [Performance]. Sydney: ABC Classic FM.
    2011 Polglase, J. (2011). World premiere of Shining, Unbreakable for violin and piano by John Polglase (No. Of Pieces: 16 minutes) [Performance]. Adelaide.
  • Recorded/Rendered Creative Works

    Year Citation
    2019 Publication status: Submitted
    NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Golestan Violin Sonata in E flat major
    Authors: Layton E, Schneider L
    Place of publication: Adelaide
    Publication date: 2019
    Location: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
    Start date: 16 May 2018
    End date: 16 May 2018
    Extent: 20 minutes
    Type of work: Audio recording
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Violin Sonata in E flat major by Stan Golestan (1875-1956) in three movements i) Andantino ii) Andante sostenuto iii) Allegro animato. This project is informed by wider research into Enescu's seminal 1921 Bucharest Recital Series, with the first performance of the sonata given by George Enescu, Golestan's mentor. This is the first recording of Golestan's 1908 sonata, and represents the intersection of Eastern European and French culture in Paris at the height of the city's artistically fruitful period in the firat decade of the twentieth century. An unjustly neglected work, this project is significant for its dissmination of information regarding an influential and generally under-appreciated composer, and advocates for a fresh appraisal of his work. Future research will include a revised edition of the sonata which is currently in preparation..
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 26 June 2019
    2018 NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Artaria
    Authors: Craig C, Layton E, Horton A, Henbest C, Dahlenburg M, Shamray K, Watts L
    Author affiliation: A1611705-B1616496-A1223745-A1683147
    Title of Outlet: Artaria (https://artaria.co/)
    Place of publication: Adelaide, SA
    Publication date: 2018
    Location: Jeffrey Kong Arts Centre, Adelaide
    Start date: 12 December 2017
    End date: 16 December 2017
    Extent: 64 minutes
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Recorded re-examination of compositions for a 21st century audience. Multi-disciplinary approach with music using visuals incorporating backdrop of South Australian rural images, drawing inspiration from landscapes, heritage and light, prompting re-assessment of repertoire.
    Source URL: https://artaria.co/
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 13 November 2018
    2018 NTRO sub category: 1 Audio/Visual Recording
    Title: Artaria
    Authors: Craig C, Layton E, Horton A, Henbest C, Dahlenburg M, Shamray K, Watts L
    Author affiliation: A1611705-B1616496-A1223745-A1683147
    Title of Outlet: Artaria (https://artaria.co/)
    Place of publication: Adelaide, SA
    Publication date: 2018
    Location: Jeffrey Kong Arts Centre, Adelaide
    Start date: 12 December 2017
    End date: 16 December 2017
    Extent: 64 minutes
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Recorded re-examination of compositions for a 21st century audience. Multi-disciplinary approach with music using visuals incorporating backdrop of South Australian rural images, drawing inspiration from landscapes, heritage and light, prompting re-assessment of repertoire.
    Source URL: https://artaria.co/
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 13 November 2018
    2017 NTRO sub category: 3 Inter-arts
    Title: Testimony II: Saltair
    Authors: Sheldon J, Layton E
    Place of publication: Angel Place, Sydney
    Publication date: 11 August 2017
    Location: Angel Place, Sydney
    Start date: 11 August 2017
    End date: 11 August 2017
    Extent: 20 mins
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Digital technology used to empower and improve quality of life for people with disabilities.
    A world premier of a ground-breaking, multi -disciplinary composition, created in collaboration with Dr. Jordan Nguyen at Psykinetic, aimed at creating futuristic and empowering technologies to improve quality of life for people with disabilities.
    The ensemble worked with Jess Irwin, a non-verbal photographer who suffers from cerebral palsy during a week of rehearsal. Irwin participated in the piece as an equal partner with classically trained musicians, using technology controlled through eye-movement. This work was significant for its use of technology in offering greater social inclusion for sections of society, as well as standing in its own right as a work of art.
    Language: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/jess-irwin-to-realise-her-musical-; https://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/event/blink-australia-piano-quartet
    Source URL: https://www.smh.com.au/
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 13 November 2018
    2017 NTRO sub category: 3 Inter-arts
    Title: Testimony II: Saltair
    Authors: Sheldon J, Layton E
    Place of publication: Angel Place, Sydney
    Publication date: 11 August 2017
    Location: Angel Place, Sydney
    Start date: 11 August 2017
    End date: 11 August 2017
    Extent: 20 mins
    ERA Research Statement - 2000 character limit: Digital technology used to empower and improve quality of life for people with disabilities.
    A world premier of a ground-breaking, multi -disciplinary composition, created in collaboration with Dr. Jordan Nguyen at Psykinetic, aimed at creating futuristic and empowering technologies to improve quality of life for people with disabilities.
    The ensemble worked with Jess Irwin, a non-verbal photographer who suffers from cerebral palsy during a week of rehearsal. Irwin participated in the piece as an equal partner with classically trained musicians, using technology controlled through eye-movement. This work was significant for its use of technology in offering greater social inclusion for sections of society, as well as standing in its own right as a work of art.
    Language: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/jess-irwin-to-realise-her-musical-; https://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/event/blink-australia-piano-quartet
    Source URL: https://www.smh.com.au/
    Verification-status: Verified
    Record created at source: 13 November 2018
  • Media

    Year Citation
    Layton, E., & Schneider, L. (n.d.). Stan Golestan Violin Sonata in E flat major for violin and piano 1. Andantino ii. Andante sostenuto iii. Allegro animato.
    DOI

2019

MUSCLASS 

1200 

Classical Performance 1A 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSCLASS 

1201 

Classical Performance 1B 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSCLASS 

1301 

Classical Performance Adv 1B 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSCLASS 

2200 

Classical Performance 2A 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSCLASS 

2201 

Classical Performance 2B 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSCLASS 

2301 

Classical Performance Adv 2B 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSCLASS 

3201 

Classical Performance 3B 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSGEN 

1202 

Music Prof Development 1B 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSGEN 

2202 

Music Prof Development 2B 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSHONS 

4005 

Honours Music Major Project 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSHONS

4004

Honours Minor Music Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSGEN

1201

Music Prof Development 1A

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSCLASS 

1300 

Classical Performance Adv 1A 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 MUSCLASS

3200

Classical Performance 2A

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSCLASS

2300

Classical Performance Adv 2A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Position: Head, Classical Performance
  • Phone: 83133600
  • Email: elizabeth.layton@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Elder Hall, floor LG
  • Room: LG 12
  • Org Unit: Elder Conservatorium of Music

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