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Composing and the Mindscapes of Music

May 18, 2014
44 minutes
Katharina Rosenberger


Katharina Rosenberger, born in Zurich, holds a Master of Music from the Royal Academy of Music in London and thanks to a Faculty Fellowship she moved to New York in 2001 to study and teach at Columbia University. Principal teachers include Tristan Murail and Michael Finnissy. In 2008, she joined UC San Diego’s Department of Music as Assistant Professor in Composition.

Much of her work manifests in an interdisciplinary context and is confronts traditional performance practice in terms of how sound is produced, heard and seen. She often works in a collaborative setting and links her music (for acoustic and electronic mediums) and installations with the theatre, video art and modern dance.

Her work has been shown at the Chelsea Art Museum, Gallery Engine 27, The Tank in New York, Deep Listening Space, Kingston, ThZatre de Nimes, Gallery District, Marseille, Theater Ballhaus, Berlin, Teatro Sala Uno, Rome, Museum fYr Gestaltung, ZYrich, among others and has been featured at various festivals such as the ZYrcher Theaterspektakel, La Batie Festival de Gen�ève, Schweiz TonkYnstlerfest, Festival fYr Neue Musik, Bamberg, Centre Acanthes at the Avignon Festival, Festival Les Musiques, Marseille, Zoo Bizzarre, Bordeaux, Media Art Festival, Yerevan, Festival OatZlier trideni plusO, Prague, Bath Festival, NYC Fringe Festival and the Spark Festival in Minnesota, USA.

Recent performances include the world premier of parcours III with the Manhattan Sinfonietta, Jeffrey Milarsky, at the Merkin Hall, New York and participation at the 2008 OGlobal Interplay Composer MeetingO concert and conference meeting in Shanghai, taking place at the Oriental Arts Center, Pudong and the Shanghai Conservatory, Shanghai, China.

Katharina is the recipient of the Reid Hall and Camargo Foundation Fellowships for 2006/07, the 2007 Pro Helvetia composition commission and in 2006 the Mediaprojects Award/Projekt Sitemapping of the Swiss Federal Agency (OFC). She has won various composition prizes in London, New York and Switzerland. In 2005 Katharina Rosenberger was composer in residence with the Orchestre de Nimes, Nimes, France.