Elisabeth Harnik, born 1970 in Austria, free-lance composer and pianist. She studied classical piano and later – with Beat Furrer – composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. The “repertoire” and it´s extensions in composition and improvisation is her central focus.
Harnik works within an electro-acoustic inspired sound-world, using unique preparations and extended techniques and her compositions are performed regularly at concerts and festivals for contemporary music. Commissions/Performances include: Composers’ Forum Mittersill, Musikprotokoll Graz, Klangspuren Schwaz, Wien Modern, Transart Festival Bozen, Munich Opera Festival, Estonian Harpsichord Society Festival, Soundings Festival London, Moving Sounds Festival NYC, Opera House Graz a.o. As a composer she has worked with many renowned ensembles such as Ensemble Zeitfluss, Ensemble Schallfeld, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble die reihe, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Ensemble Reconsil, Ensemble Phace, Ensemble Platypus, Trio Amos, Trio Eis, Airborne Extended, RSO Wien, Thürmchen Ensemble Cologne, Ensemble Tonfall Duisburg, Ensemble Crush Duisburg, Fidelio Trio London, Cantus Ensemble Zagreb, Ensemble mise-en New York and various national and international soloists.
In addition to her work as composer she appears as improvisator at various national and international festivals. Besides her solo performances she is member of many ensembles for improvised music and has performed with numerous internationally recognized representatives of the contemporary jazz scene in Europe and abroad Her work as a pianist and composer is documented on many CDs and she received a great number of rewards and prizes.
The texture of Noisy Pearl/s (2014), marked throughout by rapid repetitions, was written for the harpsichordist Sonja Leipold: „ a virtuoso piece with the nature of a Toccata.“ It “clamours,” it “fizzes,” is extremely demanding on the performer, and, at the same time, a passionate declaration of love for all keyboard instruments.