Liza Lim


Born in 1966 in Perth, Australia. 

Studied music at Melbourne University and completed her PhD at the University of Queensland.

Commissions from renowned orchestras: e.g. Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, musikFabrik, Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, Sydney Symphony Orchestra; and invitations to famous festivals including Salzburger Festspiele, Luzern Festival, Festival d’Automne à Paris. Current work: 'Tree of Codes' opera for Ensemble musikFabrik with a related research project on digital score technologies in collaboration with ZKM.

A transcultural access to music is characteristic for Lim. Christopher Alexander's architectural work on 'pattern language' has been an important tool for understanding cultural patterns. Her compositions reflect on performance rituals and aesthetics from East Asian and Australian Aboriginal sources, the specific sound of old instruments, calligraphy and notation of performance energies.  

She has won numerous prizes including the Paul Lowin Prize, Fromm Foundation Award, Ian Potter Foundation and Australia Council Senior Composer Fellowships. In 2007/8 she was a guest of the Berlin DAAD artist programme. She is Professor of Composition and Director of the Centre for Research in New Music at the University of Huddersfield. Her compositions are published by Casa Ricordi (Milan, London & Munich). 


Liza Lim’s piece „The Green Lion eats the Sun“ will be premiered on 21 September 2014.

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