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Liza Lim
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Liza Lim


​Liza Lim’s compositions are marked by visceral energy and vibrant colour and often explore ritual forms and performance aesthetics from Asian and Australian Aboriginal cultural sources
. Some recurring themes in her work include ‘hiddenness and revelation’, ‘violence and meditation’ and ecstatic transformation. Recent projects have been based on the Sufi poetry of Hafez:Tongue of the Invisible, a 1-hour work written for jazz pianist Uri Caine, baritone Omar Ebrahim and Ensemble musikFabrik, and The Guest, for recorder soloist Jeremias Schwarzer and the Southwest German Radio Orchestra. Recent major commissions from organisations such as the Holland Festival, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Lucerne Festival, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Salzburg Festival, Donaueschinger musiktage, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and Pinakothek der Moderne Munich as well as multiple projects with Ensemble musikFabrik, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern and Ensemble für neue musik zürich amongst others. She has been closely associated with the Australian ELISION Ensemble for over 20 years with projects including 3 operas: The Oresteia (1993), Moon Spirit Feasting (1999), and The Navigator (2008) performed in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Tokyo, Moscow, Paris, Zurich, and Berlin. She was composer-in-residence with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and 2006. Awards include the Paul Lowin Prize, DAAD Artist-in-residence Berlin 2007-08, and Ian Potter Foundation Senior Fellowship. She was appointed a member of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne in 2012 and curated the music program for the opening ‘Cutting Edge’ festival. Since 2008, she has been Professor of Composition and Director of CeReNeM, Centre for Research in New Music at the University of Huddersfield. Her works are published by Casa Ricordi (Milano, London & Munich) and on CDs with Hat Hut, ABC-Classics, HCR, Neos, Dischi Ricordi, and Vox Australis.