Musica Femina

Elfi Aichinger   Tanja Brüggemann   Gabriele Proy   Judit Varga   Iva Zabkar   Maria Gstättner   Johanna Doderer   Melissa Coleman   Susanna Gartmayer   Viola Falb   Julia Lacherstorfer   Teresa Rotschopf   Astrid Wiesinger and Beate Wiesinger   Sara Zlanabitnig   Julia Schreitl   Agnes Hvizdalek   Lisa Hofmaninger   Judith Schwarz   Ingrid Schmoliner   Christine Gnigler   Judith Ferstl   Verena Zeiner   Elisabeth Harnik   Mia Zabelka   Astrid Rieder   Nina Dragičević   Kaja Draksler   Maja Osojnik   Irena Z. Tomažin   Tomaž Grom   Clarisse Maylunas   Irene Suchy

Music Exhibition // Selected portraits of composers from Austria and Slovenia
Exhibition opening on October 4th, at 20.00, open until October 13th, 2019.

The exhibition features the portraits of Austrian and Austria-based women composers, excerpts from their compositions and overviews of their oeuvres, ranging from film music to jazz, from contemporary music to experimental and electronic sounds. The Ljubljana exhibition is a fragment of Musica Femina – From Shadow to Light, a larger exhibition, curated by Irene Suchy and Clarisse Maylunas, which presented a historic overview of women composers in Schönbrunn, Vienna, in 2018.

The exhibition includes video interviews with Slovenian experimental female musicians: Nina Dragičević, Kaja Draksler, Maja Osojnik and Irena Z. Tomažin. They were interviewed by Tomaž Grom.

Free entrance.



Austrian Composer’s Association (ÖKB) presents film music by composers: 

  • Tanja Brüggemann: Reglos, dir. Susanne Hofer, 2016
  • Gabriele Proy: Aufbruch der Frauen, dir. Walter Wehmeyer, 2010
  • Judit Varga: Lou Andreas Salome, dir. Cordula Kablitz-Post, 2016
  • Iva Zabkar: The Culprit, dir. Michael Rittmannsberger, 2015
  • Maria Gstättner: Foreverence (Verimmern), produced by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (2017–2019)
  • Johanna Dorerer: music in TV documentary Über Österreich, dir. Georg Riha, 2019
    Austrian film maker Riha has invited contemporary composers to create music for his bird’s-eye view documentaries about the Austrian landscape. Johanna Doderer, the renowned composer of operas, orchestra and chamber music, was the only invited female composer.



Bunte Vielfalt, produced by Roland Renner (2018), presents a collective portrait of the composers:

  • Melissa Coleman
  • Viola Falb
  • Maria Gstättner
  • Julia Lacherstorfer
  • Teresa Rotschopf

Fraufeld – Increasing the visibility of female musicians, produced by Verena Zeiner and Birgit Haiden (2018) presents a collective portrait of:

  • Astrid Wiesinger and Beate Wiesinger 
  • Sara Zlanabitnig
  • Susanna Gartmayer
  • Julia Schreitl
  • Agnes Hvizdalek
  • Lisa Hofmaninger
  • Judith Schwarz
  • Ingrid Schmoliner
  • Christine Gnigler
  • Judith Ferstl 
  • Verena Zeiner



  • Elisabeth Harnik, produced by Brian Gold, 2018
  • Elfi Aichinger, produced by Farhad Bazyan, 2018
  • Mia Zabelka, produced by Phonofemme, Enterprise Z and PZF Berlin, 2018
  • Astrid Rieder, produced by Astrid Rieder, 2018



Frauenstimmen, founded by Austrian singer and musicologist Eva Neumayr, is the only concert series focussing exclusively on works by female composers; songs, choirs, chamber music and orchestra music is presented up to ten times per year. The concert series is produced by Maria Anna Mozart Gesellschaft Salzburg, named after Mozart’s sister.



The collection of video interviews with Slovenian musicians working in the field of experimental music comprises interviews with Nina Dragičević, Kaja Draksler, Maja Osojnik and Irena Z. Tomažin. They spoke about identity, inspiration, genders and quotas. The interviews were prepared by Tomaž Grom.

Foreverence (Verimmern) video still.

Co-produced by: City of Women,,, Bunker – Old Power Station; in the framework of European co-operation project Musica Femina International; supported by: Creative Europe Program, Ministry of Culture, City of Ljubljana, Austrian Cultural Forum.


04. 10. 2019




Free entry


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