Liza Sobel’s compositions are often influenced by current social issues. Recent inspirations include anxiety and stress in today’s society, the negative impact of social media and its link with depression and suicide, and sexual assault.
Liza’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Bang on a Can, the Aspen Music Festival, Eighth Blackbird's Creative Lab, Aldeburgh Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Brevard Music Institute, Bowdoin’s International Music Festival, and nief-norf Summer Festival. Performers that have played her music include: the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Spektral String Quartet, Cygnus Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, Nouveau Classical Project, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, orkest de ereprijs, West Point Woodwind Quintet, New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Skyros String Quartet, and Joseph Lin, first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet.
Liza’s Ticking Time Bomb was selected for the 2020 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. Her Requiem won the American Prize in the choral division and was a finalist in the BMI Young Composers Award. Liza's orchestra piece Tocsin was a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers’ Award. Liza was a Fulbright scholar to the UK.
Liza is a doctoral candidate in composition at Northwestern University. She teaches a broad spectrum of music courses at Northwestern, including Music Theory, Aural Skills, History of the Symphony, Introduction to Music for non-majors, and Composition for non-majors. She previously studied at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross Conservatory (MA); Cornell University (BA with honors), and Manhattan School of Music.
Liza regularly performs both standard and new repertoire, including her own music. She frequently performs music by living emerging composers and has sung world premieres of music by: Nicholas Cline, Maxwell Ramage, Tom Schneller, and Zachary Wadsworth. Numerous composers have written pieces specifically for her including: Nathan Canfield, Chung Eun Kim, Tyler Kramlich, and Tom Peterson. In addition, she regularly collaborates with Walter Hilse, composer, organist, and professor at Manhattan School of Music, who has composed eight pieces for Liza. Liza sang in Rutgers University's Opera Program. She also attended the Castleton Artists Training Seminar festival, founded by the late Maestro Lorin Maazel. Recent performances include singing at Thirsty Ears, Chicago's only contemporary classical music street fair.