Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2024

Jun, Jul, Aug

Biliana Voutchkova | Composer-performer

Biliana Voutchkova | Image: Boryana Pndova
Biliana Voutchkova | Image: Boryana Pndova

Biliana Voutchkova is a thoroughly engaged interdisciplinary artist, violinist, composer-performer, improviser, and curator working internationally as a soloist and in collaboration with renowned artists. She is a faculty member of the Bern Academy of Arts (HKB) and founder and curator of the DARA String Festival. Through the prism of listening, she explores states of spontaneity and intuitive resonance embodied in her multifaceted activities. These include concert performances of improvisation, contemporary composition, and original/site-specific work, exhibitions, long durational and multidisciplinary performances, audiovisual works, and installation formats with a focus on the interconnection between inner world and sound space.
During her residency Biliana will work on two projects directly connected to Villa Aurora and the city of Los Angeles: One will be the creation of sound portraits from the different indoor/outdoor spaces at Villa Aurora and the hills and mountains in the greater Los Angeles Area. The other one will be the further development of a collaborative work with LA-based composer-performer and organist Sarah Davachi, investigating the specifics of different pipe organs (including those at Villa Aurora and Pico Union Project).

Selected Works
2023 | Slow Poem for Stiebler, in collaboration with Sarah Davachi (organ)
2022/2023 | SHAPE+ platform artist for 2022-23
2022 | DUOS2022, one-year series of digital publications and concerts in cooperation with Relative Pitch Records and Studio Rainer Spehl
2021 | Materiality & Sound, concert installation and exhibition, in collaboration with Michael Thieke (clarinet)
2021 | Under the Veil of Consciousness, long durational solo exhibition-performance
2020 | Seeds of Songs, digital release on the Takuroku Label of Cafe Oto London

Selected Prizes and Awards
2023 | Six-month fellowship and residency at Cité des Arts, Paris
2022 | One-month working stipend and residency at Sonoscopia, Porto
2022 | NEUSTART KULTUR grant from Deutscher Musikrat
2021 | INITIAL Special Grant, Akademie der Künste, Berlin