About my work

Much of my work manifests in an interdisciplinary context and is bound to confront traditional performance practice in terms of how sound is produced, heard and seen. Taking the audience to peculiar places, ambiguous and deceiving, where the usual expectations have to be thrown over board. Often the instrumentalists are challenged to go beyond an "only" interpretative function, their corporal presence on stage is fully taken into account.

Regardless the medium, if composed for the stage or an installation, I'd like to invite the listener to engage with the subject matter, to confront and distinct and to physically experience the sculpturesque nature of sound.


Portrait of Katharina Rosenberger
Photo: Hans Gut

Katharina Rosenberger, born in Zurich, is a Professor at the Department of Music, University of California, San Diego. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from Columbia University, under the mentorship of Tristan Murail.

Her compositions, installations and interdisciplinary stage work have been featured at festivals such as the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Witten, Klangwerkstatt, Berlin, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Hannover, Weimarer Frühlingstage, DE, Musikfestival Bern, Tage für Neue Musik, Zürich, Festival Archipel, Geneva, CH, Festival Les Musiques, Marseille, FR, Festival Bernaola, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES, Felicja Blumental Festival, Tel Aviv, IL, Festival reMusik, St. Petersburg, RU, Festival Visiones Sonoras, Morelia, MX, Shanghai Electronic Music Week, Shanghai New Music Days, CN, October Contemporary, Hongkong, HK, as well as in many concert series throughout Europe and the United States.

Katharina‘s installation work VIVA VOCE and Room V have been awarded with the “Mediaprojects Award” /  Sitemapping of the Swiss Federal Agency (OFC), Berne. She is a past recipient of the Hellman Fellowship, San Francisco, the Sony Scholar Award, and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Commission for her composition Gesang an das noch namenlose Land. Her portrait CD TEXTUREN with the Wet Ink Ensemble, released on HatHut Records, has been awarded the prestigious Copland Recording Grant and was selected for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Bestenliste 4_2012.

Her music can be heard on Hat Hut Records, Unit Records and Akenaton.