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Liza Lim (b.1966, Australia) was educated in Australia and is based in Melbourne. Since 2008, she has been Professor of Composition and Director of the Centre for Research in New Music at the University of Huddersfield, UK. From 2017, she is also Professor of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music/Sydney University. She is Visiting Professor of Composition at Shanghai Conservatory in China during 2017. She has received commissions and performances from some of the world’s pre-eminent orchestras (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, BBC, WDR, SWR), festivals (Festival d’Automne Paris, Salzburg, Lucerne, Holland, Venice Biennale and all the major Australian festivals) and ensembles (Musikabrik, Ensemble Intercontemporain, ELISION, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, ICE, Arditti String Quartet etc). Her fourth opera, Tree of Codes, commissioned by Opera Cologne, Ensemble Musikfabrik and Hellerau-European Centre for the Arts recently premiered in Cologne. Other recent works include the large scale ensemble piece, How Forests think, a co-commission of ELISION and ICE; Ronda – The Spinning World commissioned by Ensemble Modern incorporating the invented instruments ofthe Brazilian composer Walter Smetak; and solo pieces that explore new areas of instrumental technique written for the bassoonist Alban Wesly (Axis Mundi), ‘cellist Séverine Ballon (An ocean beyond earth) and double-bell euphonium player Melvyn Poore (The Green Lion eats the Sun). She connects her compositional practice to areas of thought and knowledge such as Australian Indigenous aesthetics (eg: Invisibility for solo ‘cello); Asian ritual forms & performance practices (Moon Spirit Feasting, a Chinese ritual street opera); a Sufi poetics of bewilderment, loss,communion and ecstasy (Tongue of the Invisible); the textilic arts of weaving and knot-making as a cross-modal ‘technology for thinking’ (Winding Bodies: 3 knots), as well as empathy and intuition in an ecology of collaboration. Her compositions have been published by Casa Ricordi (Milano, London & Berlin) since 1989 with a catalogue of approx. 70 works and appear on CDs with Hat Hut, WERGO, ABC-Classics, Neos, Aeon and Winter & Winter.

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