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elaine loebenstein

has a special interest in classical improvisation and combines this passion with her sensitivity and sensibilities as an experienced collaborative pianist to respond to filmic art through interactive, spontaneous music-making.

She has performed extensively as an accompanist to classical film in some of the world's leading cinematheques, concert halls, recital spaces, arts centres, and at festivals including:

Sydney Opera House
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Town Hall Auckland
Austrian Film Museum
Central Hall Melbourne (ACU)
New York University
The Viennale Film Festival
Galway Film Fleadh
University College Cork
Budapest Classics Film Marathon
Metrokino Vienna
Parliament House Canberra
Movimento Arthouse Kino Linz
The Ark Dublin
Orphans Film Symposium New York
Giornate del cinema muto Pordenone
Slovenska Kinoteka Ljubljana
Institut Franccais Budapest
Leokino Innsbruck
Rocks Village Bizarre Festival Sydney
Breitenseer Lichtspiele Vienna
Kino Ponrepo Prague (Czech National Film Archive) National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Wienbibliothek (Vienna Town Hall)
Kilruddery Silent Film Festival Ireland
Austrian Film Galerie Krems
Local Buehne Freistadt
Sun Pictures Broome (Australia)
Kino Wie Noch Nie (Augarten) Vienna
Canberra Theatre
Orphans Radicals (Special Edition) Vienna
Canberra Centenary Festival
Australian National Folk Festival
Pianistengasse Vienna

She has also developed and recorded improvised soundtracks for the following:

Historical and Archival Film

Vienna 1900: Pictures of a Metropolis (DVD) Oesterreichisches Filmmuseum
which was exhibited for an extended period at the Neue Galerie New York

Canberra Restorations (DVD)
The Opening Of Canberra, Australia's Capital City; Naming the Federal Capital of Australia
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Ireland Will be Free (documentary material of historical significance from Melbourne in 1920)
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Experimental Film

Georg Wasner's Oceano Nox (Sixpack Film) which was exhibited for an extended period at Hanburger Kunsthalle as part of NATURE UNLEASHED The Image of Catastrophe since 1600

Museum Installations
Glorious Days Exhibition at the National Museum of Australia

As well as creating live and recorded music for historical, ephemeral and experimental works she has improvised accompaniments to other forms of visual art in an exhibition context:

She accompanied the significant Ned Kelly series of paintings by the Australian artist Sidney Nolan live at the National Gallery of Australia

She has also accompanied spoken word (poetry) live on ABC Radio, Australia


She has written about improvisation and film for Film Ireland Magazine


Recently she was invited by the University of Melbourne to contribute to the International Being Human Festival (specifically the Under the Weather series) for which she recorded a podcast about improvisation, inclement weather and the Dutch film maker Joris Ivens‘ silent masterpiece Rain