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10 February 2017

Liza Lim joins the Sydney Con to mentor female composers

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Composer Liza Lim is joining the University of Sydney's Conservatorium of Music in order to mentor female composers and develop the next edition of the national women composers' development program, set up by the Conservatorium last year.

University of Sydney's Head of School and Dean at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Professor Anna Reid, described the appointment as a huge gain for staff and students.

'We are honoured to have a composer of Liza's calibre and international status joining our staff and composition department to grow the prominence of women composers in Australia. We have much to learn from her experience and talent', said Reid.

Currently based in Melbourne but spending a significant amount of her time overseas, Liza Lim has worked at the University of Huddersfield, UK, since 2008 as Professor of Composition and Director of the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM), where she has built up the highly regarded postgraduate program in new music.

About her international standing as a composer, The New Yorker magazine's music critic Alex Ross wrote in 2014: '[Liza Lim] holds a commanding position in international music; her intricately sensuous scores welcomed both at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and at German new-music festivals. Yet she shows an acute sensitivity to the local and particular; to voices on the margins of a smoothly integrated global culture'.

Liza Lim will work alongside fellow composers Matthew Hindson, Carl Vine, Paul Stanhope and Damien Ricketson, all members of the Sydney Conservatorium's staff. Recent appointments at the Conservatorium also include digital music experts Benjamin Carey and Daniel Blinkhorn.

> News article on the Sydney Conservatorium of Music website


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