Pia Palme

Pia Palme, Ph.D., born in Vienna, is a performer, researcher, and composer freely roaming between genres. Listening perception is at the heart of her work. Her oeuvre includes instrumental, vocal, and electronic music, media compositions, and scenic works; she is known as a versatile performer with her contrabass recorder. Pia Palme surrounds her practice with critical reflections and theoretical explorations.

Palme holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Huddersfield, UK, where she conducted artistic research for her portfolio The Noise of Mind: A Feminist Practice in Composition (2017) under Liza Lim. As principal investigator of the research project On the Fragility of Sounds (Funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund), she currently continues her work at the KUG Kunstuniversität Graz, Austria, with musicologist and co-researcher Christina Lessiak. Here, Pia Palme explores sound as a biological occurrence and frames her compositional activity as a feminist discipline.