Mia Zabelka


Concert / Performance


"Mighty mistress oft he contemporary violin takes you further into the sound with malstrom"
Pauline Oliveros
"MiMia Zabelka, composer, electric violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with Czech, Jewish and French familiar background, lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria.
Amongst Jon Rose and Laurie Anderson she has the international reputation of one of the most innovative freestyle Violin Players of the World. As a composer and performer of improvised, experimental and electro-acoustic music she has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic effects and innovative performance techniques.

She studied music and composition with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Dieter Kaufmann, Kurt Schwertsik and Alexander Arenkov in Vienna, creating a foundation on the basis of which she continues to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own. The violin, voice and her own body transform into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive.

As a pioneer of electro-acoustic performance and composition in Austria, Mia Zabelka developed the process she describes as automatic playing, continuously exploring sound and music as physical phenomena, always pushing back the boundaries in radical and provocative performances and compositions that question established notions and given structures. Her work has been described as "A dark delirium of sounds, a disintegrated vision on a complex world – an acoustic version of William Blake's poetry".
She has given concerts and performances throughout Europe, America and the former USSR. Recipient of numerous prizes and awards, she was a guest of the DAAD's (German Academic Exchange Service's) international artists' programme in Berlin and the Fulbright Commission in New York.