But he who, having no touch of the Muses' madness in his soul, comes to the door 
and thinks that he will get into the temple by the help of art –
he, I say, and his poetry are not admitted;
the sane man disappears and is nowhere when he enters into rivalry with the madman.

Plato, Phaedrus


Hathor Consort was founded by Romina Lischka in 2011 with the aim of interpreting renaissance and baroque consort music in various instrumental combinations
based upon the viol.

The ensemble takes its name from the goddess Hathor, a mother deity of ancient Egypt. Worshipped as „Mistress of the West“ she welcomes the dead into the afterlife and
is regarded as a goddess of dance, art and music. Hathor is also known as the primordial mother or receiving element and embodies the principles of love and all concerning 
the heart.

Hathor Consort present their first programme „Consort Songs and Fantasias by William Byrd“ with the countertenor Marnix De Cat in the Network Oude Muziek 2013.
In 2012 they worked on the Manufacture Project „Lachrimae - The Seven Teares of John Dowland“ with dancer Femke Gyselinck at the Bijloke in Gent. Because of the the succesfull collaboration between Femke Gyselinck and the Hathor Consort the project developped futher and concluded with new music of the belgian composer Annelies Van Parys. The world premiere of 'Lachrimae' took place in may 2015 in Concertgebouw Brugge and was followed by performances in 'The Cottier Chamber Project' in Glasgow, UK, Festival Trigonale, A, and De Link, Tilburg, NL.

With their first recording 'Lachrimae' of Dowland Hathor Consort received subsidy from the flemish government. The recording was well received by the press (IRR outstanding, Klara's 10 nomination, 4 diapasons).

In 2015 the Hathor Consort collaborated with the Pluto-ensemble of Marnix De Cat in performances of the programmes ‘Voyces & Viols' and ‘Animam gementem cano' in Festival Utrecht, Bijloke Gent and Festival van Vlaanderen Mechelen.

Hathor Consort is performing in Festivals such as Musikfestspiele Potsdam, Festival van Vlaanderen Gent, Warsaw Philharmonie, Jeunesse Österreich/Wiener Konzerthaus, BOZAR, etc.


Romina Lischka