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Lea Luka Tiziana Sikau M.A.

Biography:

"Lea Luka is an outstanding musical innovator who investigates, challenges and extends the existing norms of music-based projects.” - Marina Abramovic

Mezzo-soprano, scholar, and cultural impresaria Lea Luka has carved a niche for herself at the nexus of critical inquiry, media art, and music. With her long-standing work in cultural policy, she opened up the theaters, recital halls and museums for young people in Duesseldorf and developed programs together with the artistic directors of those very institutions to make cultural programming more accessible especially for refugees.

She holds degrees in classical singing and performance (Robert Schumann University), media and cultural sciences (Heinrich Heine University), and a graduate degree in cultural and music management (University of Music Munich). She was awarded with a Fellowship for Harvard's Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research by the Bavarian America Academy as the youngest scholar ever. She conducted research at MIT's Center for Art, Science and Technology and Harvard's Theater, Dance and Media Department funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Netzwerk Engagement Foundation.

She has worked or performed with: Jörg Widmann, Ai Wei Wei, Andrey Boreyko, Sxip Shirey, Johanna Doderer, Sarah Maria Sun, Axel Kober, Hans W. Henze, Edda Moser, Jay Scheib, Sir Peter Jonas, Barbara Bonney, Brigitta Muntendorf, Paola Prestini, Joan Punyet Miró, Marina Abramovic, and Anthony Roth Costanzo among other artists who have influenced her projects and research endeavors.

In summer, she worked closely together with Paola Prestini and Elena Park as Executive Assistant for the new music incubator National Sawdust. She founded the award-winning baroque ensemble Messa di Voce in Munich and is acting as a Jury and Board Member of the Rhônefestival für Liedkunst Switzerland. Lea Luka worked for the German Embassy in London in the Cultural Department and supported the election campaign for a German Member of the Parliament and current Deputy for Digitalization.

She has received numerous grants, awards and fellowships by the following institutions naming just a few: Richard-Wagner-Scholarship Foundation, Bavarian Elite Academy, Mozarteum Salzburg, Scholarship of the German State, Ministry of Education and the Arts North Rhine-Westphalia, Elite Network Bavaria, Max Weber Program, Mozartfest Wurzburg, German Academic Exchange Service, RED Award, Young Academy of the Technical University of Munich.