Statement

 The nautilus is a nomad which explores the oceans on its vast journeys. It collects particles of each investigated place to build its shell, becoming a sort of collection of its explorations. Every year the shell forms and adds a new chamber. The old chamber is sealed and the animal moves into the new chamber. . .

I see parallels in my artistic work as a composer and improviser to the journey of the nautilus. In both disciplines of composition and improvisation there is a drive for me to obtain something “new” within a particular framework of conditions and thus to extend the boundaries. I consider composing and improvising as a kind of interplay between the calculated and the inconceivable: a reflexion about a developed sound vocabulary—be it via preconceived or spontaneous interventions—and a tracing of an inner response through listening deeply. I am in a permanent dialogue with my own repertoire and the associated possibilities of structuring time. This way of dedicated awareness of the material constantly accompanies my artistic process.” (Elisabeth Harnik)

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Elisabeth Harnik, free-lance composer + pianist, was born 1970 in Graz and lives in Gams/Austria.
She studied classical piano and later – with Beat Furrer – composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz.
Her compositions are performed regularly at concerts + festivals for contemporary music.
In addition to her work as composer she is member of many ensembles for improvised music + has performed + recorded with numerous internationally recognised representatives of the contemporary jazz scene in Europe + abroad.
Elisabeth Harnik is a Deep Listening Certificate Holder
[Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer in Troy, New York http://www.deeplistening.rpi.edu/]

Awards and scholarships

  • SKE Publicity Award Austria | 2017

 

 

  • Composer in Residence 2013 at IZZM | Ossiach | 2013
  • Artist in Residence at Eu-Art-Network Kunstsymposion | Oslip 2012
  • Music Omi International Musicians Residency | New York | 2010
  • International residencies grant of the county of Styria | Cologne and Chicago | 2010
  • Artist in Residence at 13. Komponist/innenforum Mittersill | 2008
  • Andrzej-Dobrowolski-Scholarship of the county of Styria | 2007
  • Award of Appreciation from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz | 2007
  • Austrian State Scholarship for Composition | 2007
  • Since 2006 Working Scholarships
  • Music Promotion Prize Graz | 2005

Musical education and studies

Music lessons from the age of five
Classical piano studies at the Academy of Music Graz
Composition studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Beat Furrer
2004 Bachelor’s degree for Composition and Music Theory with distinction
2006 Master’s degree for Composition (Musical Theatre with Beat Furrer) with distinction
2016 Deep Listening Certificate / Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer in Troy, New York

Since 2011 Elisabeth Harnik is a lecturer for “Performance Practice in Improvisation” at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz.