Liza Lim (born in 1966 in Perth) is one of Australia’s leading composers. 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 (Musikfabrik, Ensemble Intercontemporain, ELISION, Ensemble Modern, Arditti String Quartet etc). Since 2008, she has been Professor of Composition and Director of the Centre for Research in New Music, CeReNeM, at the University of Huddersfield. Recent works include her fourth opera commissioned by Ensemble Musikfabrik and the Opera House in Cologne based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s exquisite ‘cut-out’ book, ”Tree of Codes”; a violin concerto, “Speak, Be Silent” for the 40th anniversary season opening of the Geneva-based Ensemble Contrechamps, and solo pieces that explore new areas of technique for instruments such as the bassoon (”Axis Mundi”) and double-bell euphonium (”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 over 70 works. She has portrait CDs with Hat Hut, WERGO, ABC-Classics and Dischi Ricordi with other work appearing on HCR, Neos, Aeon, Winter & Winter, and Vox Australis.
As of January 2017