Miriam Overlach & Ensemble Lumaka

Miriam Overlach (Amsterdam), harpist, soloist, specialized in contemporary music, director of Ensemble Lumaka www.miriamoverlach.com

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Miriam Overlach (1980, Germany/The Netherlands) is an unconventional harpist rooted in the classical tradition but specialized in contemporary music and the development of the newest musical ideas. She takes great pleasure in devising new projects herself and is always looking for challenging collaborations. She loves working with composers (check her website composingforharp.com) and playing the contemporary repertoire pieces as f.e. ‚Sequenza’ by Berio or Stockhausen’s ‚Freude‘ that she performs regularly for the Stockhausen Foundation Kürten. She has her own ensemble for music from the early 20th century (ensemblelumaka.com). Miriam works regularly with ensembles and orchestras like Ensemble Modern and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, but equally enjoys improvising (as f.e. recently with Anthony Braxton), creating music theatre and experimenting with new concert formats. She recorded various cd’s, as a soloist and with Ensemble Lumaka and is a regular guest on Dutch and German radio.


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Miriam Overlach (1980, Germany) is an unconventional harpist rooted in the classical tradition but specialized in contemporary music and the development of the newest musical ideas. She loves to work together with composers (check her website composingforharp.com), has her own ensemble for music from the early 20th century (ensemblelumaka.com), works regularly with ensembles and orchestras like Ensemble Modern and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and enjoys improvising, performing, creating music theatre and experimenting with new concert formats.

Miriam has won several (International) solo competitions such as the ‘Vriendenkrans‘ Competition (young soloists of the Concertgebouw), 'AVRO-klassiek prijs' (recording of a solo-debut cd) and the Dutch Harp Competition in 2007. She was a laureate of the ‘Deutscher Musikwettbewerb 2008’ and attained first prizes at the ‘Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Competition’ and the ‘International Harp Competition Martine Géliot’. Since then Miriam has provided solo and chamber music recitals in the Netherlands and Germany, in venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the NDR in Hannover and festivals as Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland and Peter de Grote.

Miriam is a co-founder of Ensemble Lumaka, Ensemble with harp, flute, and strings for the music of the 1920ies. The Ensemble was awarded several prizes, as the International Chambermusic Competition in Almere and the prize of ‘Het Debuut’, best young Dutch ensemble of 2009. Ensemble Lumaka is a regular guest on Dutch classic radio and recorded three CDs with repertoire from the 1920s.

Miriam likes to push boundaries as in improvising with musicians from contemporary, jazz and pop background (as f.e. recently with Anthony Braxton), searching for new concert formats and creating music theatre with dancers, actors or light designers or inventing little performance acts herself.

She loves working with composers and gives often workshops and masterclasses on harp composition and contemporary music. Her website composingforharp.com is one result of that. She also likes playing the contemporary repertoire pieces as f.e. ‚Sequenza’ by Berio or Stockhausen’s harp duo ‚Freude‘ that she performs regularly for the Stockhausen Foundation Kürten with harpist Marianne Smit.

She regularly works as a substitute for the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (the Dutch opera orchestra) and ensembles for contemporary music such as Ensemble Modern Frankfurt and oh ton-ensemble.

Miriam graduated cum laude from the Amsterdam Conservatory where she studied with Prof. Erika Waardenburg. She has participated in masterclasses with Brigitte Sylvestre and Frédérique Cambreling and participated in the 2007/2008 Luzern Festival Academy under the direction of Peter Eötvös and Pierre Boulez.

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