Lisa Streich: The sky is the limit

Lisa Streich: The sky is the limit

Swedish composer and ricordilab laureate Lisa Streich in on course for success: Her new ensemble work HIMMEL for the Collegium Novum Zürich saw a streamed world premiere, in 2022 her work will be rewarded the Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis, and as part of an exciting collaboration with the Lucerne Festival she created sounds for an exclusive watch. 

“The sky is always a painting”

In her new work HIMMEL for large ensemble, Lisa Streich assembles sounds into worlds of color as if with brushstrokes. Spectral, technicolor chords break away again and again, reminiscent of how, during the pandemic, the familiar and the continuous were taken away – and the other world, the skies above like paintings, become more important than the constantly collapsing reality. 

As a commission with the Swiss Collegium Novum Zürich originally planned to mark the opening of the Tonhalle Zürich’s small hall, the piece received a fantastic digital premiere under the direction of Elena Schwarz, which can still be streamed until June 10 on IDAGIO. You can also gain exciting insights behind the scenes of the premiere in a portrait film by 

HIMMEL (2021)

for Large Ensemble - - perc - pf.hp -
Commissioned by Collegium Novum Zürich, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
WP: 10.04.2021, Zürich (IDAGIO Global Concert Hall)

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Further performances

20.9.2021 (NP)
Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker, Matthias Pintscher (cond.), Musikfest Berlin

February 2022
Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg

Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis 2022

Since 1987 the city of Heidelberg has awarded the Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis (Heidelberg Women Artists’ Prize) to honor the work of contemporary female composers. Lisa Streich is to receive the cultural award in 2022, and will be represented with a number of concerts in Heidelberg. The Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra will dedicate two concert evenings to her (one in October 2021 and another as part of the award ceremony in February 2022), and the Klangforum Heidelberg has commissioned a new work for voices and ensemble together with the Heidelberger Frühling. 

Collaboration with Carl F. Bucherer and the Lucerne Festival

As part of a commission from the Lucerne Festival, Lisa Streich wrote the work PERIPHERY, to coincide with the announcement of perhaps the most exclusive watch from Carl F. Bucherer. PERIPHERY was recorded by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which will also present the work’s live premiere. 

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Photo: Manu Theobald
Videos: ©, Zürich | Realisation: Morena Barra (HIMMEL), © Carl F. Bucherer (PERIPHERY)