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 is PhD candidate at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Her work explores sound in space, creating playful and performative situations to investigate auditory perceptions of our environment. She does solo projects and teamwork involving music, improvisation, installations and theatre, while also being an active writer, teacher and academic researcher.
Besides her classical training on the double bass she worked with specialists in contemporary music and improvisation.
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 for festivals, conferences, concerts and interdisciplinary formats.
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 ensemble Schallfeld in Graz.
Besides her artistical activities, she enjoys teaching and is giving classes and workshops both on university level as well as for children.
As a musicologist, she seeks connections between musical research and artistic practice. Her research topics include contemporary music theatre,sound studies and installation art, 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.