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date: 22 August 2019

Lim, Lizalocked

  • Richard Toop


(b Perth, Aug 30, 1966). Australian composer. By her early thirties, Lim already had one of the highest European profiles of any Australian composer. Her works had been given first performances by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain, as well as the Australian ELISION Ensemble, with which she has always had a close association. Born to Chinese parents, she received her early schooling mainly in Brunei, but moved to Australia in 1978, studying at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne University, and later in Amsterdam with Ton de Leeuw. She received several Australian Council fellowships, as well as an inaugural Young Australian Creative Fellowship in 1996. Other awards include the 2004 Paul Lowin Prize for orchestral composition.

Her earliest works, many of which are now withdrawn, are clearly influenced by Ferneyhough’s music of the late 1960s (e.g. his Sonatas for string quartet): rhythmically intricate and carefully crafted, they are essentially miniaturist, to the point of risking short-windedness. A confident grasp of broader formal design becomes evident in her first major work, ...

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