Elisabeth Harnik, freelance composer and pianist, was born in Graz in 1970. After studying classical piano, she started her career interpreting her own compositions and performing as a pianist and singer in various areas of improvised music. Later she studied composition with Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. Now Harnik moves freely between the fields of improvisation and composition, clearly differentiating these two very different disciplines in her personal approach and application. She has received numerous commissions, and her compositions are performed regularly at concerts and festivals for contemporary music. In addition to her work as a composer she appears as a pianist at concerts and festivals for improvised music and has worked with many renowned exponents of the contemporary jazz scene in Europe and abroad.