Tiziana Bertoncini & Thomas Lehn

Tiziana Bertoncini graduated with a Master in Violin at Siena Conservatory and a Master in Painting at the Fine Arts’ Academy in Carrara. Completed by Studies in Art history, and specialization masterclasses for chamber music and music didactics.
After being playing in orchestras and chamber music ensembles, she focused on contemporary music, written and improvised.
Her work is developing from interpretation ad improvisation towards composition and collaboration with artists of other medias. At the same time her interest is focused on the crossing and synthesis between visual elements and music/sound.
She has been performing in many international festivals and contexts and has been part of numerous dance, theatre, video and multi-media projects, contributing the musical part of them.
Her “solo” work includes composition, performance and installation.
In 2011 her electro-acoustic piece “Nur Sand” was awarded at the competition Ferrari (r)écouté announced by hr2-kultur, ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics.
She is a member of the ensemble]h[iatus, which moves in the territories of improvisation and interpretation of contemporary pieces. She was artist in residence at the “Bridge guard – Residential Art/Science Centre” in Stúrovo/SK, AIR Krems, Centre National de Création Musicale Césaré in Reims/F, Künstlerahus Otte1 Eckernförde and GEDOK Lübeck/D.

Thomas Lehn is a pianist, analogue synthesizer player and a composer-performer of contemporary music. He has been one of the most innovative and successful musical personalities in the field of electroacoustic music in the practices of improvisation and composition for years. He was trained as a sound engineer and pianist at the music academies in Detmold and Cologne from 1979 to 1987. Rooted in the experiences as an pianist, he has been developing his unique live electronic music since the early 1990s, focusing on the use of analog synthesizer systems, which allow direct access to the elements of electronic sound synthesis.
As a synthesizer interpreter – live and on CD studio productions – he has realized works by Éliane Radigue, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Bogusław Schaeffer and Zbigniew Karkowski, among others. He was soloist in the world premiere of Peter Jakober’s dort with Klangforum Wien at musikprotokoll festival and in the CD recording of Christopher Fox’s Topophony with the WDR Symphony Orchestra.
Thomas Lehn is pianist and founding member of ensemble]h[iatus, since 2006 dedicated to contemporary improvisation and interpretation, with whom he had premierred commissioned works by Vinko Globokar, Anthony Pateras, Jennifer Walshe, Jürg Frey a.m.o. . He demonstrates continuity in longstanding activities in ensembles such as KONK PACK, TOOT, THERMAL, MIMEO, SPEAK EASY, 6ix or duos with Marcus Schmickler, Tiziana Bertoncini, Gerry Hemingway and Paul Lovens. More recent are trios with John Butcher the pianists John Tilbury and Matthew Shipp, respectively, and the trio DEFUSE with Xavier Charles and Roger Turner.
Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the USA. His artistic work is documented on about 100 recordings.