Lim, Liza (1966-)

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Lim, Liza
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Liza Lim (b.1966, Australia) writes music marked by visceral energy and vibrant colour and often explores 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.

Lim's music, which ranges from operatic and orchestral scores to site-specific installations, has been performed by some of the world's pre-eminent ensembles. Notably, she was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to write the orchestral work, Ecstatic Architecture, to celebrate the inaugural season of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2004. She was composer-in-residence with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2005-07. She has received major commissions from organisations such as the Bavarian Radio and SWR Orchestras, Ensemble Musikfabrik & Holland Festival, Ensemble Contrechamps, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, ELISION, the Arditti String Quartet, Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Festival d'Automne à Paris, WDR Orchestra & Choir and BBC Symphony as well as the Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth Festivals. She has recently completed her fourth opera Tree of Codes, commissioned by Ensemble Musikfabrik, Cologne Opera and Hellerau - European Centre for the Arts. The opera will be premiered in April 2016.

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Liza Lim's work as a composer ranges from concert music to opera and site-specific installations. She has had repeat commissions from Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Elision, German Radio Stations in Bremen and Cologne (WDR) and the Festival d'automne Paris. She has also made large projects for the Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth Festivals in Australia, written for the Arditti String Quartet, for the West and SouthWest German Radios orchestras, the BBC Symphony and orchestras of Symphony Australia. She wrote Ecstatic Architecture on commission for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's inaugural season in the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 2003, Lim was one of the featured composers at Musica Nova in Helsinki and at the 09(03) Festival in New Zealand. Portrait concerts of her music have been presented by Radio Bremen (1996), WestdeutscherRundfunk (2000) and in Zurich (Ensemble fur neue musik Zurich,1996, 2000). Her opera Moon Spirit Feastingwas performed at the 2000 Adelaide Festival, 2001 Melbourne Festival and during 2002, at the Hebbel Theater Berlin, Zurich Theater Spektakel and Saitama Arts Centre, Japan. Her music has also been performed at major international festivals and concert seasons such as Wien Modern, Huddersfield, Venice Biennale, Milano Musica, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Musikmonat Basel, Ars Musica Brussels, IRCAM Paris and Cologne Philharmonie. Collaboration with other artists has been of central importance to the development of Lim's compositional style and aesthetic concerns. She worked extensively with musicians of the Elision Ensemble from 1986, on major projects including her two operas, The Oresteia and Moon Spirit Feasting. Between 1994-96 she collaborated with artist Domenico de Clario on a series of site-specific installation pieces which explored meditative states of attention over long (eg: all-night; seven days) time-spans. These projects, Afterward - From a Tower, Bardo-i-thos-grol and The Cauldron, have been documented with essays, photographs and recordings in the book/CD The Intertwining-The Chasm, published by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. In 1999, she worked with artist Judith Wright on Sonorous Bodies, a video installation for the Queensland Art Gallery's Asia-Pacific Triennial. This work was also shown at the Hebbel Theater in Berlin in 2001. Lim was a guest lecturer at the Darmstadt Summer school 1998, University of California San Diego (Search Events) and Cornell University in 2000 and IRCAM Agora Festival 2002 and was lecturer in composition at Melbourne University in 1991. She was awarded Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland), Master of Music (Melbourne University) and Bachelor of Arts (Victorian College of the Arts) and has studied composition with Richard Hames, Riccardo Formosa and Ton de Leeuw. Major awards recognising her work include the Young Australian Creative Fellowship and a two-year Australia Council Fellowship. She was the winner of the 2002 APRA-Australian Music Centre Classical Music Award for Best Composition. Future projects include In the Shadow's Light for the Kairos Quartett, coupled with The Quickening for soprano (Deborah Kayser) and qin (Yang Chunwei) for Festival d'automne 2004; Mother Tongue, a work for soprano and 15 instruments to be premiered by the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Festival d'automne 2005 and a work for flute (Carin Levine) and saxophone (Timothy O'Dwyer) with electronics and orchestra for the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra in Munich for 2006.

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  1. Papers of Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Unpublished : 1979-2008 ]
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  2. Spirit weapons (1999-2000) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2000 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  3. Śrī Vidyā utterances of adoration for 48 voices and orchestra : (1994-95) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 1995 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  4. Garden of earthly desire : 11 instruments / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2012 ]
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    At Uni of Melb Library
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  5. Unmarked boxes : work in three movements for three soloists and chamber orchestra : partitura : (1998) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2004 ]
    At National Library
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  6. Philtre : for solo retuned violin or hardanger fiddle (1997) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 1998 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  7. Ecstatic architecture : for large orchestra : (2002-2004) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2004 ]
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    At UWA Library
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  8. Sonorous body (2008) for solo clarinet in B flat / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2008-2012 ]
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  9. Garden of earthly desire : 11 instruments / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 1989 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  10. Anactoria : for six percussionists (1998) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 1998 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  1. Papers of Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Unpublished : 1979-2008 ]
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  2. Spirit weapons (1999-2000) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2000 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  3. Philtre : for solo retuned violin or hardanger fiddle (1997) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 1998 ]
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  4. Śrī Vidyā utterances of adoration for 48 voices and orchestra : (1994-95) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 1995 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  5. Garden of earthly desire : 11 instruments / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2012 ]
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    At Uni of Melb Library
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  6. Unmarked boxes : work in three movements for three soloists and chamber orchestra : partitura : (1998) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2004 ]
    At National Library
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  7. Ecstatic architecture : for large orchestra : (2002-2004) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2004 ]
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    At UWA Library
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  8. Sonorous body (2008) for solo clarinet in B flat / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 2008-2012 ]
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  9. Garden of earthly desire : 11 instruments / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 1989 ]
    At University of Sydney
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  10. Anactoria : for six percussionists (1998) / Liza Lim
    Lim, Liza, 1966-
    [ Printed music : 1998 ]
    At University of Sydney
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    Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle (Vic. : 1882 - 1918) Saturday 21 May 1898 p 1 Article
    ... Liza of Lambeth. Her mother had not come in from her day's clharing, and Liza set about getting her ... outside on thedooratep. Another woman came downstairs, and seeing Liza, eat down by her side and began to ... 826 words
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  2. COLUMN FOR YOUNG 'FOLK. LANKY LIZA.
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    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 27 June 1975 [Issue No.88] p 2518

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    ... , Randwick 2031, M.B., B.S., N.S.W., 1974. 19503. YING, Liza, 18 New South Head Road, Vaucluse 2030, M.B., B ... . 19598. LIM, Bin Hooi, c.o. Bulli District Hospital, Bulli 2516, M.B., B.S., Malaya, 1969. 19599. Mc ... 2497 words
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    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 7 October 1977 [Issue No.117] p 4447

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    ... .Ch., Witwatersrand, 1959; F.F.Path., South Africa, 1966. 22163. LIM, Hardy Tjeng Hoa, 214 Wentworth Avenue, Hillsdale ... .D., Queens University, 1966. Date of registration, 11th December, 1975. 19583. YING, Liza, Hommelveld, 2 ... 2735 words
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  3. RESIGNATIONS
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 14 December 1990 [Issue No.168] p 11138

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    ... , 1990]. Liza Lorraine Iversen, Mechanical Fitter [11 May, 1990]. Arthur After! Richard Cowley ... Anneiise Bawadi, Assistant Internal Auditor [29 November, 1990]. Auditor*General's Office Mona Lim, Senior ... 277 words
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  1. Out on a Lim [Composer Liza Lim]
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  2. LIZA LIM, METROPOLIS NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL Making meaning as you journey (1 February 2014)
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  3. Gastmahl der Geister: Die australische Komponistin Liza Lim mit ihrer chinesischen Oper Der Mondgeist laben in Berlin, Article related to Yue Ling Jie, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, O/S, 14 June 2002
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  4. Lim: Moon Spirit Feasting.(Theatreworks, St. Kilda)(Review)
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    [ Article : 2001 ]
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  1. Hell: string quartet
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    [ Printed music : 1992 ]
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  2. Li Shang yin: per soprano coloratura e 15 strumenti
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    [ Printed music : 1993 ]
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  3. The Su Song Star Map: for solo violin
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  4. The four seasons: (after Cy Twombly), for solo piano
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  1. Liza Lim : catalogo delle opere pubblicate da Casa Ricordi = Catalogue of the works published by Casa Ricordi
    [ Book : 1998 ]
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  2. 1995 Sydney Symphony Orchestra education program / Meet the music, 3, [resource kit]
    [ Book : 1995 ]
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  3. The teardrop story woman / Catherine Lim
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    [ Book : 1998-2011 ]
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  4. Skin deep / Kris Carlon
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