In her work, Michaela Catranis explores the boundaries between music and other disciplines,
using technology and a variety of art forms to augment her acoustic core. Musically
speaking, she derives inspiration from her classical training as well as non-classical
sonorities that she’s collected from her travels and connection to nature. The natural
habitats and musical traditions she experienced while living in Lebanon and East Africa have had a profound influence on her writing. Best described as both poetic and jarring, Michaela Catranis combines delicate lyricism and polyphonic textures with explosive, sometimes brutal auditory gestures; a sound world that spins out in a lively exchange of disciplines and varied musical practices, deeply rooted in the process of collective art-making.
Her works have been performed in concert halls such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie and the KKL Lucerne. In 2018, she won the TONALi18 composition prize for her solo cello work Jeita and she was also awarded the Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin Scholarship in 2019. Most recently, Michaela Catranis was elected to the International Ensemble Modern Academy Composition Seminar 2019-2020 as well as to the Académie Voix Nouvelles - Royaumont 2019, writing for the Mivos Quartet and Les Métaboles.
She is an advocate of ecologically sensitive poetics, a concept that has fuelled many of her more recent works including The ghosts in these trees and Tierlied/leid.
Michaela Catranis holds degrees in piano performance (Peabody Conservatory, Bremen
University of the Arts) and composition (Hanns Eisler School of Music). She lives and
works in Berlin, where she founded inter-disciplinary performance ensemble menajiri.