Dr Claudia Molitor

Claudia Molitor, born in 1974, studied Music and Media at Sussex University, went on to do an MA in Music at City University, London and completed her PhD in Composition with Michael Finnissy in 2004. 

In March, 2006, Oh Du Kleines Kabinett, commissioned by Queens’ College Cambridge, was premiered by Anton Lukoszevieze and musicians of Queens’ college. This piece was short-listed for a RPS Music Award this year. Her piano piece, Tango, was short-listed by spnm in 2004-5 and was performed by Rolf Hind at the music festival fuseleeds06.

The Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli performed Even if the world is infinitely complex as part of spnm’s HINDSIGHT series at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London during April 2006. That May, Who kissed my head?, for live electronics and acoustic instruments, was performed by players from the London Sinfonietta in collaboration with Sound Intermedia. She was commissioned by CoMA (Contemporary Music Making for Amateurs) to write a flexibly scored piece called I had to protest for their 2006 Open Score Project.

It descends occasionally, Kürbis and For Leone were performed earlier this year by the Kürbis ensemble in London and at Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard and there were performances of Leek in London and Manchester by the BackBeat Percussion Quartet.

She is currently taking part in spnm’s 2006/07 Adopt a Composer scheme which pairs amateur ensembles, in this case the City of Southampton Orchestra, with a composer for a year. The piece will be performed at Southampton’s Guildhall in November.

Other future performances include Untitled [fizzy painting makes me happy] for Apartment House during Wien Modern in Vienna, Austria, in November and lorem ipsum for the vocal ensemble EXAUDI for a concert in Gerona, Spain, also in November.

Current work includes a piece for recording and broadcast by the German radio station WDR Cologne in March 2008 by Apartment House, a collaboration with the 3D filmmaker Brian McClave, an oboe solo for Christopher Redgate for the Wild Dog Festival in 2008 and a preparation of her Flicker Book Scores for publication in The Liberal.

She has just released her first CD Lopsided. A piece from the CD was recently broadcast on Radio Reverb. 

Her work has been performed, amongst others, by Michael Finnissy, Frode Haltli, Rolf Hind, Philip Howard, EXAUDI, the Gemini Ensemble, Anton Lukoszevieze and the Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, and has been featured in the Brighton Festival Fringe, the London New Wind Festival, fuseleeds, Spitalfields Festival, York Late Festival and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice in Boston, USA.

Leek was recently broadcast on BBC Radio3 and Das Schwein, das Schwein will be broadcast later this month on Hear & Now. Articles about her work have been published in the BBC Music Magazine and the Observer Review.

She has just released her first CD Lopsided. A piece from the CD was recently broadcast on Radio Reverb.

Together with Sophie Appleton and James Weeks she is founder of the Kürbis ensemble.

Claudia is also the festival director of Soundwaves Festival which she founded together with Patrick Harrex. The festival took place in June 2007 for the first time.

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