Elisabeth Naske

(born in 1963, in Wiesbaden, Germany), composer. She studied violoncello with Heidi Litschauer at the Salzburg Mozarteum and completed her studies with a teaching diploma in 1983. From 1984 to 1987 she continued her music studies in the concert class of Thomas Demenga at the Conservatoire of Basel until completing her studies with a concert diploma, followed by master classes with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff, Christop Coin, and Sàndor Végh, among others. From 1988 to 1990 she was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado and Vaclav Neumann, among others. Thereafter she regularly performed in several chamber orchestras; such as Camerata Bern, Serenata Basel, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, and Camerata Academica Salzburg. Chamber music evenings brought her together with Thomas Demenga, Heinrich Schiff, Thomas Zehetmair, and Heinz Holliger. In addition, she gave concerts playing Baroque cello as partner of Elisabeth von Magnus and Anthony Spiri. In 1993 Elisabeth Naske founded the Pascal Trio with Diane Pascal and Claudia Hofert, with whom she gave many concerts, including Mozart Week in Salzburg and the Schubertiade in Feldkirch. From 1998 until 2003 she studied composition with the cellist Tristan Schulze with whom she also performed as a duo, embracing all styles, from 1999 until 2001. Commissioned by Jeunesse Österreich, she set the classic children’s book Das kleine Ich bin ich by Mira Lobe to music. Commissioned by the Vienna Folk Opera and based on the classic book for young people Die feuerrote Friederike by Christine Nöstlinger, the premiere of her children’s opera of the same name at the Children’s Opera Tent of Vienna State Opera (on 3 April 2004) was acclaimed by both the press and the young audience. Excited by this piece,. The most recent project ist die Rote Zora for the Lucerne Theatre.
Selected works: 2011“ Die Familie Don Quichotte” for cl., bs.,vc., akk. and two mimes, a commission of ECHO (European Concert House Organisation, premiere in February 2011 in Luxembourg; 2010 “Divine Romance, Zeus und Europa” for string quartet and percussion, a commission of Forum Alpbach/ Tirol; 2010 Mäusemärchen – Reisengeschichte” for 16 a capella voices from a book by Annegert Fuchshuber; 2009 “Des Kaisers neue Kleider”after the fairy tale by H.C.Andersoon; 2008 “Ouroboros- die Schöfungsgeschichte” for string quartet and percussion, a commission of the Orchestre Philharmonique de luxembourg 2006 “Eine Art Sommernachtstraum”for symphony orchestra, a commission of Jeunesses Musicales Austria.
Awards: the Vienna State Opera commissioned a new piece, Die Omama im Apfelbaum, which was premiered in April 2007