Elisabeth Harnik

(born in Graz, 1970, resident in Gams). Composer, pianist. She initially studied classical piano. She began her artistic career both as the interpreter of her own compositions and as pianist and singer in various areas of improvised music. She then studied composition under Beat Furrer at the University of music and the Performing Arts in Graz. her compositions have been performed at Horfest Graz, the Munich Opera Festival, within the context of the Vienna Mozart Year and at the Graz Opera House, among others.
In addition to her activity as composer, she is represented as improviser at national and international festivals (Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon, MusicAcoustica Beijing and Umbrella Music Festival Chicago, among others). Regardless of whether Harnik composes or improvises, what is important to her is the constant search for something new and the attempt to grow beyond her own boundaries.
Selected works: anzurühen den himmel for percussion, piano, accordion, violin and cello: commissioned work for the Vienna Mozart 2006;Superstructure for percussion, clarinet, quartet-tone accordion, piano, cello, contrabass and electronics; commissioned work by ORF / Jeunesse (2006);Kugelstein, musical theater, libretto: Olga Flor.
Discography: irrt, irrt das ohr, solo improvisations (cd, 2005)
Awards: music career grant by the City of Graz ( 2005); Andrzej Dobrowolski Composition Scholarship of the province of Styria (2007)

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