UC San Diego's Department of Music

August 13, 2008

  Composer Katharina Rosenberger has joined the music faculty at U.C. San Diego.

"Katharina's combination of accomplishments, as a composer of uncompromising, colorful instrumental and electronic music; as a creator of experimental music theater works; as an installation artist creating innovative, interactive sonic environments; and most uniquely, with the way her work traverses and combines elements from all of these areas; will enable her to bring inspiring new perspectives to our students," says Department of Music Chair Rand Steiger. "Along with Lei Liang, who joined us last year, these two important, emerging voices on the contemporary music scene assure a bright future for our composition program.

Rosenberger's recent performances include the world premiere of "parcours III" with the Manhattan Sinfonietta and Jeffrey Milarsky at Merkin Hall (New York) and participation at the 2008 Global Interplay Composer Meeting in Shanghai.

Rosenberger says her compositions "confront traditional performance practice in terms of how sound is produced, heard and seen."

Her work has been presented at the Chelsea Art Museum, Gallery Engine 27 and The Tank (both in New York) and Deep Listening Institute; and in cities around the world including London, Rome, Berlin, Prague and Marseille.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Rosenberger earned a master of music degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She moved to New York on a faculty fellowship to teach at Columbia University and study with Tristan Murail and Michael Finnissy. She completes her Ph.D. at Columbia this fall.

Rosenberger received the Reid Hall and Camargo Foundation Fellowships for 2006/2007, the 2007 Pro Helvetia composition commission and the 2006 Mediaprojects Award from Projekt Sitemapping of the Swiss Federal Agency. She has won composition prizes in London, New York and Switzerland, and in 2005 was composer-in-residence with the Orchestre de Nimes in France.

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