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Katherine Balch

Katherine Balch

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

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

Geboren am 17. August in San Diego, Kalifornieren

2013

Uraufführung von "Epiphyte" für Klavier und Orchester (New York Youth Symphony)

2014

ASCAP Morton Gould Award für "Epiphyte" für Klavier und Orchester. Das Werk erreicht auch das Finale der BMI Student Composer Awards

2014

Gewinn des Wettbewerbs "Composer to Center Stage" des Albany Symphony Orchestra

2014

Prix du composition des American Conservatory at Fontainebleau

2014

Donal Martino Composition Prize des New England Conservatory

2014

Erster Preis (Tier I) beim 8. jährlichen Kompositionswettbewerb des American Modern Ensemble für das Werk "Triple Point"

2015

Uraufführung von "New Geometry" mit dem Ensemble Intercontemporain

2015

"New Geometry" erhält eine Würdigung beim 10. jährlichen Wettbewerb des American Modern Ensemble

2016

Grand Prize beim Kompositionswettbewerb der International Society of Double Bassists  für "Vidi l’Angelo nel marmo"

2016

Yale School of Music’s Alumni Association Prize für herausragende Beiträge zur Community

2017

Uraufführung des Orchesterwerks "Leaf Fabric" in der Suntory Hall Tokio

2017

Das Albany Symphony Orchestra bringt "drift" im Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York, zur Uraufführung.

2017

"Vidi l’Angelo nel marmo" gewinnt den Student Composer Award der BMI

2017-2019

Young Concert Artists Composer In Residence

2017

Charles Ives-Stipendium der Academy of Arts and Letters

2017

"Responding to the Waves" gewinnt den Call for Scores beim Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

2018

Uraufführung von "Chamber Music" für Orchester mit der Oregon Symphony

2018

California Symphony bringt "like a broken clock" zur Uraufführung.

2018

"Leaf Fabric" gewinnt den Student Composer Award der BMI

2019

Robyn Bollinger und die California Symphony bringen das Violinkonzert "Artifacts" zur Uraufführung.

2019

Zweiter Preis des Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award für "Prelude"

2019

"drip music" auf der Auswahlliste für die ISCM 2020 World Music Days

2020

Uraufführung von "impromptu" mit dem Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

2020

Elliot Carter Rome Prize in Music-Stipendium

2020

Förderpreiss des Symposiums "Women in Classical Music" beim Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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