Marianna Liik

Composer, ECU member since 2014
Born on 08.09.1992

In 2017 Marianna Liik graduated with Master’s studies in composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Helena Tulve and Margo Kõlar. She obtained there Bachelor’s degree in 2014 under the tutelage of Malle Maltis and Margo Kõlar. During 2017–2018 she improved her skills in The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (Koninklijk Conservatoire Antwerpen) as a student of Wim Henderickx.

Marianna Liik has written music for orchestras, ensembles and choirs as well as electroacoustic works. Her special interest is the sound world that is created by combining the acoustic and electronic means of expression. In Liik’s music, there is an abundance of details and colors, acoustic and electronic fields of timbre, with a significant emphasis on form as an integral whole. Marianna Liik’s composition Mets (Forest) was awarded the second prize at the International Rostrum of Composers in Prague in 2013 in the category of composers under 30 years.

In November 2014, Marianna Liik won the Westdeutscher Rundfunk film music award at the competition SoundTrack_Cologne 11. In 2017, Liik was awarded Lucerne Festival Academy Prize Roche Young Commissions. The composition “Adapt to Prevailing Stream and Become Able to See Clearly” by Liik was selected for the program of the World New Music Days, organized by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) in 2018. Additionally, in 2024, Liik’s composition “Out of Breath” for violin, cello, and electronics was chosen for the ISCM festival in the Faroe Islands. In 2022, Marianna Liik released her first album “Thirsteth for Light,” and in 2023, she was awarded the annual prize by the Estonian Cultural Endowment’s Music Foundation.