The Hathor Consort – named after Hathor, a mother goddess from Egyptian mythology – was founded in 2012 by Romina Lischka. Under her artistic direction, the consort devotes itself to Renaissance and Baroque music in which a string ensemble of viols takes centre
stage. Hathor Consort connects this refined chamber music repertoire of European origin with early and contemporary music from other continents, and with contemporary classical music and electronics. In multidisciplinary and intercultural concert forms, Hathor wishes to connect voices with each other. Interweaving music and image into poetic, multifaceted stories that resonate today. Performances are like meeting places where traditions inspire each other and where the aural and visual merge into one multimedia narrative.
In Dhrupad Fantasia, the Hathor Consort’s first cross-cultural project, a new musical language emerged, combining compositional elements and collaborative improvisations from both styles. Hathor Consort’s CDs received awards including ‘Diapason d’or and Klara’s 10’.
With its multifaceted programming, Hathor has been a guest at renowned festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Warschau Filharmonie, Bozar Brussel, Concertgebouw Brugge, Wigmore Hall London, Cologne Philharmonie, Philharmonie Essen, Utrecht Early Music Festival, MA Festival Brugge, Musikfestspiele Potsdam, Opéra de Rouen, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent and the York Early Music Festival.
Romina Lischka bridges the boundaries between cultures and genres by forging her own artistic language in which classical, contemporary and musical traditions from around the world intersect. Since 2007, her concerts have taken her to renowned festivals and concert halls in Europe, Russia, Asia, Canada and North and South America.
In 2012, Romina performed in the premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin at the festival in Aix-en-Provence. She then travelled with this production to the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow and on tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Europe (Teatro- Real Madrid, Barbican London etc.) and with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in China (Beijing Music Festival etc.).
In addition to her activities as a gambist, she studied North Indian classical singing (dhrupad) at the Conservatorium of Rotterdam (bachelor 2010) and in Delhi and Pune in India with Ustad Fariduddin Dagar and Uday Bhawalkar.
In the 2012-13 concert season, Romina Lischka was voted ‘ECHO Rising Star’ by BOZAR Brussels and Concertgebouw Amsterdam in the Early Music category and performed in that capacity as a soloist in many European concert halls. Her first CD received a ‘Diapason 5’. En Suite – Marin Marais & Sainte Colombe received the VRT Klara award for ‘Best classical CD’ of 2015. In the 2019-20 season, Romina Lischka was ‘Portrayed Artist’ at Bozar, in 2019 she won the Klara Award for ‘Soloist of the Year’ and in 2021 she received the Ultima ‘Award for the Music category’.