Barbara Maria Neu
grown up on an organic goat farm in the Mostviertel and influenced by a musical education in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, a clarinet study brought Barbara Maria Neu via the Anton Brucker Private University Linz to the study “concert subject classical clarinet” in the class of Gerald Pachinger at the KUG Graz as well as at the MDW Vienna. Since 2018 she has been studying “Performative Art” with Carola Dertnig at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
In addition to lessons in role work with Lena Kalisch, speech design with Lena Franke and breath and body work with Johann Leutgeb, numerous participations in master classes in the field of “classical clarinet” (including Alois Brandhofer, Matthias Schorn, Johann Hindler and Andreas Schablas), as well as various contemporary music, dance, speech and performance workshops with Katharina Cibulka, Fabiana Pastoriani, Vera Blaha-Sauseng and Lilly Pfalzer.
In addition to her work as a classical clarinettist in chamber music and substituting activities with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Maria Neu seeks in her own artistic work the integration of music and instrumental playing in a performative and scenic presentation as well as a connection of music to visual art. In addition to her love for her instrument, the clarinettist is characterized by a great passion for acting and performative art, which led her to rediscover her activity in the performing arts, which had already begun in childhood, after some time of classical instrumental studies.
Through her intensive involvement with acting, which has been going on for several years now – parallel to her concert studies – Barbara Maria Neu finally came to contemporary music and performative art, where she was able to find an ideal interface of her artistic passions. In this way, the clarinettist expands and enriches her music with elements from the artistic fields of performing and visual arts. In her projects she deals with her own compositions and improvisation, but also collaborates with diverse artists from the fields of “music, performing and visual arts such as composition, dance, directing, acting, sculpture, painting, video, etc.” to create new works together.
In 2020, she received the Start Scholarship for Music and Performing Arts from the Federal Chancellery of Austria. In 2021, she was invited by the Austrian Cultural Forum NYC in collaboration with Brooklyn’s Undercurrent gallery to participate in an interdisciplinary onlineresidency as part of the un/mute-10002 project. The works will be exhibited at ACF NYC as well as at the gallery undercurrent in Brooklyn starting in September 2021.
More about Barbara Maria Neu and her work can be found on her website.