Eliza Shephard – The Words Themselves

Eliza Shephard

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


A theatrical evening of music, literature and dance from the winner of ABC’s Young Performer of the Year.

Music says what words cannot, however, put the two together and you’re in for a night of astonishing storytelling. ABC Young Performer of the Year Eliza Shephard combines words and music to create an experience that deep-dives into stories both old and unfamiliar.

About the concert

With standard flute repertoire, their performance explores cascading lines and impeccable technique through to theatrical and physical journeys transcending the expected and the norm, Eliza showcases all her past creative adventures as not only a musician but also an actor and dancer.

Joined by versatile soprano Judith Dodsworth and exceptional pianist Peter de Jager, the three artists spiral through works in an evening of celebration and spell-binding entertainment.

Praise for Eliza Shephard

‘Eliza Shephard’s flute playing was immaculate throughout’ – Classic Melbourne

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Eliza Shephard flutes
Judith Dodsworth soprano
Peter de Jager piano

More about Eliza Shephard

Eliza Shephard is a vibrant performer based in Melbourne, and she is quickly paving her way as an educator, improviser, and collaborator. She graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) in Flute Performance studying with Virginia Taylor and completed her Master of Music through Griffith University. Eliza has studied and performed in Canada and the USA and trained at the Australian National Academy of Music in the Professional Performance Program. She has received many awards including the ANAM Director’s Prize, the Youth Music Foundation of Australia Award, and the International Woodwind Player Award at the Gisborne International Music Competition.

A fervent contemporary musician, Eliza has established a course on experimental flute techniques, ‘The Extended Flute’, and is a specialist on the Glissando Headjoint – a telescoping flute attachment designed to allow the player to bend pitch. She was a finalist in the Classical Freedman Fellowship in 2021. Eliza has performed extensively as part of Opera Australia’s regional tours and is in high demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She
frequently guests with ensembles such as Plexus Collective, Rubiks Collective, Arcadia Winds and ELISION Ensemble.

Eliza is passionate about amplifying the voices of female musicians and composers, and her project ‘March of the Women’ is earning her a name as a strong and dedicated performer of Australian and international female composers’ music. ‘March of the Women’ is a month-long recording project where Eliza showcases works by female composers for both solo flute and
within chamber settings, with 2023 being her fourth rendition of this project. She has presented masterclasses and lectures around Australia and is a teaching associate at Monash University.


Kaija Saariaho
Changing Light

Ingrid Stölzel
Leonardo Saw the Spring

André Jolivet
Chant de Linos

Kate Soper
Only the words themselves mean what they say

Amy-Beth Kirsten
Pirouette on a Moon Sliver