This is a short introduction to me and my work for all non-german-speaking people out there. At the moment I don´t have time enough to provide a full English version of my page. If you happen to be interested in any of my works, be it research or music, just contact me by email for further information.

about me

Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka is a musician, researcher, performer and sound artist based in Graz, Austria. She studied double bass, musicology, music pedagogy and contemporary music in Dresden, Rostock and Graz. Currently she does a PhD at the University of Music Graz.

Her work explores sound in space, creating playful and performative situations to investigate the relation of the auditory to our environment, human bodies, our imagination and sensual perception. She does solo projects and teamwork involving music, improvisation, installation and theatre, while also being an active writer, teacher and academic researcher.

Besides her classical training on the double bass with Silvio Dalla Torre (Rostock) and Werner Zeibig (Dresden) she worked with specialists in contemporary music and improvisation, among which are Stefano Scodanibbio, Frederic Stochl, Uli Fussenegger, Joelle Leandre, Dario Calderone, Nic Collins, Manon Liu Winter and Elisabeth Harnik.

As a freelance double bass player, she is playing frequently with chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Austria and Germany and has been on stage of contemporary music festivals all across Europe, including Lucerne Festival, Warsaw Autumn, musikprotokoll, impuls festival, Music Biennale Zagreb and others. She also has developed an extensive solo repertoire, focusing on works involving live electronics, elements of music theatre, voice and improvisation.

Since 2013, she works as curator and dramaturg. She is co-organizer of “Queeriot”, a queer-feminist festival in Graz, “tage neuer musik”- festival for contemporary music, and frequently creates concert-installations and music theatre projetcs with Ensemble Schallfeld.

Her sound installations have been shown at esc media art lab (Graz), Kunsthaus Graz, Diskurs-Festival Gießen (DE). She received awards and grants from the Stockhausen-Foundation Kürten (DE), the University of Music Graz, DOMS-Foundation Basle (CH) and the Austrian Federal Government and was Artist-in-residence at uncool Poschiavo (CH), Darmstädter Ferienkurse (DE) and Q-O2 (Belgium). Being an active part of the cultural scene in Austria, she is member of several initiatives and collectives for contemporary art, such as vnm Graz (improvised music), Spielraum Ensemble (experimental theatre), mur.at (net art/ art research), IMA (media archaeology), Forum Stadtpark (interdisciplinary art). She is founding member and dramaturg of the contemporary music group Schallfeld in Graz.

Besides her artistical activities, she enjoys teaching and is giving classes and workshops both on university level as well as for school children.

As a musicologist, she seeks connections between musical research and performance practice. Her research topics include the history of german-language opera, contemporary music theatre, electronic music and media studies, as well as the analysis and performance practice of contemporary music and physical aspects of music making. Her Masters´ Thesis in musicology is dealing with enharmonic keyboards in the 17th and 18th century and got an award as Best Thesis of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Technical University Dresden in 2013.


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