Katherine Balch, Composer-in-Residence
Katherine Balch writes music that seeks to capture the intimate details of existence through sound. She was chosen to serve as the 2017-2019 Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence, where she holds the William B. Butz Composer Chair. Her first YCA commission was premiered in 2018 by flutist Anthony Trionfo on the Young Concert Artists Series in New York and Washington, DC. Next season, cellist Zlatomir Fung premieres Ms. Balch’s second YCA commission in the YCA Series in New York at Merkin Concert Hall and in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center.
Highlights of the 2018-2019 season include premieres by the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Bearthoven Trio, the Argus Quartet, and a violin concerto for Robyn Bollinger and the California Symphony Orchestra. As the 2017-2020 Composer-in-Residence for the California Symphony, her first commission received critical acclaim. Her music has also been commissioned and performed by the Tokyo Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Christophe Desjardins at the France’s MANCA festival in Nice, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), FLUX Quartet, New York Virtuoso Singers, Yale Philharmonia, American Modern Ensemble, Contemporaneous and wildUp.
Ms. Balch was the Otto Eckstein Family Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center this summer. Among her many other honors are the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship, ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, BMI Student Composer Awards, New England Conservatory’s Donald Martino Prize, Fontainebleau’s Prix du Composition, Yale’s Alumni Association Prize, the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize and fellowships from IRCAM Manifeste, and the Aspen and Norfolk music festivals.
Katherine Balch completed her Bachelor’s degrees in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory joint-degree program, where she majored in history and political science at Tufts and composition at NEC. At the Yale School of Music, she earned her Master’s degree with Aaron Jay Kernis, Chris Theofanidis, and David Lang. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Columbia University, studying with Georg Haas and Fred Lerdahl. When not making or listening to music, she can be found baking, collecting leaves, and playing with her cat, Zarathustra.
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