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Katherine Balch

Katherine Balch

Country of origin: United States of America
Birthday: August 17, 1991

Upcoming Performances

musica pyralis
Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
April 12, 2024 | New York, NY (United States of America) , Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall
musica pyralis
Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
April 13, 2024 | New York, NY (United States of America) , Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

About Katherine Balch

The music of composer Katherine Balch (b. 1991) captures the magic of everyday sounds, inviting audiences into a sonic world characterized by imagination, discovery, and a rich diversity of styles. Balch is often inspired by literature, nature, and science, aptly reflected in the San Francisco Chronicle’s description of her as “some kind of musical Thomas Edison – you can just hear her tinkering around in her workshop, putting together new sounds and textural ideas.” 

Her facility in elevating ordinary sounds through large-scale orchestration and dramatic narrative arcs has led to commissions and performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Minnesota, Oregon, Albany, Indianapolis, and Tokyo. She has been featured on IRCAM’s ManiFeste, Fontainebleau Music Festival, and Festival MANCA in France, Suntory Summer Arts and Takefu Music Festival in Japan, and the Aspen, Norfolk, Santa Fe, and Tanglewood music festivals in the United States. Among her recent compositions is the cello concerto whisper concerto (2023), jointly commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsorchester Darmstadt and BBC Radio 3.

Nominated by violinist Hilary Hahn, Balch was announced as the recipient of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Career Advancement Award. She has also been honored by ASCAP, BMI, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chamber Music America, and Barlow Foundation, and has served as composer-in-residence for Young Concert Artists and the California Symphony. In 2021, she has been in residence at the American Academy in Rome as the Elliot Carter Rome Prize Fellow. 

Deeply committed to developing inclusive, engaging pedagogical practices that empower students through creative music-making, Balch currently teaches composition and orchestration at Mannes School of Music. She is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University and an alumna of the Yale School of Music. Her chamber works are published by Schott PSNY. Katherine documents her lived experiences on the page, with each composition serving as a diary of what has captivated her curiosity. When she’s not creating, she’s collecting inspiration from the nearest botanical gardens, Rimbaud’s poetry, or her feline sidekick, Zarathustra.

Worklist

Chronology

1991

Born on August 17, 1991 in San Diego

2013

"Epiphyte" for piano and orchestra was premiered by the New York Youth Symphony

2014

"Epiphyte" for piano and orchestra won the ASCAP Morton Gould Award and was a finalist for the BMI Student Composer Awards

2014

Won the Albany Symphony Orchestra's "Composer to Center Stage" competition

2014

Won the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau’s prix du composition

2014

Won the New England Conservatory’s Donald Martino composition prize

2014

"Triple Point" won American Modern Ensemble 8th Annual Composition Competition’s first prize (Tier I)

2015

"New Geometry" premiered by Ensemble Intercontemporain

2015

"New Geometry" wins Honorable Mention at the American Modern Ensemble’s 10th Annual Competition

2016

"Vidi l’Angelo nel marmo" won the International Society of Double Bassists composition competition’s Grand Prize

2016

Won the Yale School of Music’s Alumni Association Prize for outstanding community contribution

2017

"Leaf Fabric" for orchestra premiered by the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall

2017

The Albany Symphony Orchestra premieres “drift” at EMPAC

2017

"Vidi l’Angelo nel marmo" won the Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) student composer award

2017

Named the 2017-2019 Young Concert Artists Composer In Residence

2017

Won the Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship

2017

“Responding to the Waves” won the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra’s call for scores

2018

"Chamber Music" for orchestra premiered by the Oregon Symphony

2018

"like a broken clock" premiered by the California Symphony

2018

"Leaf Fabric" won the Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) student composer award

2019

“Artifacts” for violin and orchestra premiered by Robyn Bollinger and the California Symphony

2019

"Prelude" won second prize at the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award

2019

"drip music" selected for ISCM 2020 World Music Days

2020

“impromptu” premiered by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

2020

Awarded the Elliot Carter Rome Prize in Music Fellowship

2020

Awarded the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Women in Classical Music Symposium Career Advancement Award

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Performances

Set Descending Direction
  • musica pyralis
    Conductor: Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
    April 12, 2024 | New York, NY (United States of America) , Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall
  • musica pyralis
    Conductor: Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
    April 13, 2024 | New York, NY (United States of America) , Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall
  • musica pyralis
    Conductor: Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
    April 14, 2024 | New York, NY (United States of America) , Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall
  • Obstenmelodie
    May 17, 2024 | Antwerp (Belgium) , De Singel - Blue Hall
  • Obstenmelodie
    July 13, 2024 | Ruhr (Germany) , Klavierfestival Ruhr
  • Set Descending Direction