Liz Muir | Media Composer

Liz Muir is an award winning Bristol based media composer and orchestrator with a dynamic and inventive compositional style.



Originally from Glasgow, Liz started her musical life as a pianist and cellist before turning her focus more towards composition when she moved to study for a music degree at University of Edinburgh in 2009. She studied composition and orchestration under Professor Peter Nelson, and her first experience of having her compositions played was in 2012 when she won the Emre Araci String Orchestra Competition, hosted by Edinburgh University String Orchestra. Her piece “Light and Shade” was consequently taken on the Orchestra's annual tour where it was premiered in Iona Abbey.

In 2013 she composed her first orchestral piece “Idiosyncrasy” for Edinburgh Composers' Orchestra to be played in their Spring Concert, before composing a cello trio to be performed at the orchestra's inaugural chamber music concert a few months later. She has also had some of her orchestrations workshopped by both the university String and Chamber Orchestras.

After gaining her BMus (Hons), Liz decided to make the transition into the slightly different yet far more interesting and exciting area of media composition. She was first enticed into this area of composition after attending a talk and discussion with video game composer James Hannigan in early 2012, and has since been lured more and more into the media industry. Liz has recently completed an MA in Composition of Music for Film and Television at the University of Bristol, where she studied under composers Professor John Pickard, William Goodchild and Martin Kiszko.

Studied subjects include film scoring, critical analysis of media music, studio skills and orchestration.

In July 2014, Liz's music for the short film “A Journey's End” won the Short Film Score Composition Competition (electronic category) at the St John's Waterloo Festival, London. The four finalists' film scores were presented at a screening at the BFI Southbank.


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