Katherine Balch, Composer-in-Residence
26-year old composer Katherine Balch writes music that seeks to capture the intimate details of existence through sound. She was chosen as the 2017-2019 Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence where she holds the William B. Butz Composer Chair. Her first YCA commission, for flute and piano, will be premiered by flutist, Anthony Trionfo in his 2018 New York and Washington D.C. debuts. Ms. Balch’s music has been commissioned and performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), FLUX Quartet, New York Virtuoso Singers, Yale Philharmonia, American Modern Ensemble, Contemporaneous and wildUp. During the 2017-2018 season her works will be performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra at their American Music Festival, the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Foundation for Arts’ Summer Festival, and by Christophe Desjardins at the MANCA festival in Nice, France.
Ms. Balch is also the 2017-2020 Composer-in-Residence for the California Symphony. She has been awarded fellowships from IRCAM Manifeste, Aspen and Norfolk music festivals, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship, several ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, BMI Student Composer Award, New England Conservatory’s Donald Martino Prize, Fontainebleau’s Prix du Composition, the grand prize in the International Society of Bassists Composition Competition, Yale’s Alumni Association Prize, and the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize.
Katherine 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. Ms. Balch is on the faculty of Bard College Conservatory Prep, and the Walden School in New Hampshire.
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