Australian Miniseries: Dianna (Liza Lim)

Excerpt of Dianna score

Liza Lim Composer
Dianna Gaetjens French Horn

Dianna was premiered online on 21 August 2020.

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Liza Lim, Australian composer (Image: Jascha Zube)

Liza Lim is an Australian composer whose music focuses on collaborative and transcultural practices. Ideas of beauty, ecological connection and ritual transformation are ongoing concerns in her compositional work. Her four operas – The Oresteia (1993), Moon Spirit Feasting (2000), The Navigator (2007) and Tree of Codes (2016) – and the major ensemble work Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (2018) explore themes of desire, memory, and the uncanny. Her genre-crossing percussion ritual/opera Atlas of the Sky (2018) is a work involving community participants that celebrates the emotional power and energy dynamics of crowds.

Liza has received commissions from some of the world’s pre-eminent orchestras and ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Ensemble Musikfabrik, ELISION, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, International Contemporary Ensemble and Arditti String Quartet.

Liza is Professor of Composition and Sculthorpe Chair of Australian Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her work is published by Ricordi Berlin and appears on labels such as Kairos, Hat Hut, WERGO, ABC Classics, Neos and Winter & Winter.

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Dianna Gaetjens, CSO Principal French Horn (Image: Martin Ollman)

Dianna Gaetjens received her masters from the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler where she studied with Professor Marie-Luise Neunecker. Aged 19, she was accepted into the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic; she spent two years with the Berlin Philharmonic performing, touring, and recording under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Daniel Barenboim.

Dianna has toured Australia and internationally as a soloist, including Europe, South America, Israel and Palestine, and appeared with orchestras such as the Bogata Philharmonic, the Kammerphilharmonie Amade and the New Philharmonic Westfalen. Dianna has received numerous international accolades, including third prize at the International Performers Competition in the Czech Republic.

Dianna is Principal French Horn with the CSO.


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