Picture: Boram Lie at Hamburger Bahnhof by Sebastian Mayer
Picture: Boram Lie at Hamburger Bahnhof by Sebastian Mayer

Boram Lie

Boram Lie is a cellist, performer and curator. She is a founding member of Berlin based Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and since 2018 one of the artistic directors of this prestigious ensemble. She has appeared on stage as a musician, performer and co-author in numerous productions. Boram Lie’s curatorial practice is dedicated to the diverse musical and performative expressions and to the possibility of an integral relationship between the traditional and the contemporary. She connects artists of different cultural backgrounds and origins and enters into a dialogue with them in which current social issues are reflected and addressed.

Don’t miss IN YOUR HEAD by Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop & Pol Pi at Radialsystem / 24-26.2.2023


1. Descending fifths.

2. Three chords and the truth.

3. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.


1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?

Memories, dreams. The ordinary and the sophistication. My family. The places in between. Beauty.

2. How and when did you get into making music?

I started to play cello when I was 7. I liked the sound and the size – it was much bigger than my brother’s violin.

3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?

Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis (1969)
Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971)
Sade – Diamond Life (1984)
Kate Bush – The Red Shoes (1993)
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou – Éthiopiques 21 (2006)

4. What do you associate with Berlin?


5. What’s your favourite place in your town?

Dal Tokki & Planeige, Prinzenallee 83, Wedding – my family’s lunch place. I’d say the best in town!

6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?

I’d be a psychoanalyst.

7. What was the last record/music you bought?

Barbara Strozzi – Arias & Cantatas
Catherine Lamb – String Quartets

8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?


9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?

After more then 10 years I keep thinking of Tino Sehgal’s performance work „This Variation“ at dOCUMENTA 13. And I’m still haunted by the beauty of Dries van Noten’s fashion show, spring 2015.

10. How important is technology to your creative process?

Not so important (apart from the addiction to all my apple devices).

11. What happens in the body of musicians when they play?

Many different and sometimes contradictory things. A complex interplay of experience, handcraft, current feelings and the unconscious. It can be very beautiful and interesting to see a musician move also detached from the sound!