Katherine Balch, Composer
Katherine Balch (b.1991) seeks to create intimate sonic environments driven by attention to detail, textural lyricism, and playful investigation of sounds. Her music has been called “spellbinding” (Seen and Heard International) and “a shimmering sonic blanket quilted from microswaths of richly colored acoustic fabrics” (Oregon ArtsWatch).
Upcoming highlights include a special commission by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as part of its celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The premiere of Ms. Balch’s work will be paired with performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 4 and No. 5.
Ms. Balch’s work has also been commissioned and performed by the Tokyo, Minnesota, Albany, Oregon, and California Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble, FLUX Quartet, Contemporaneous, Yale Philharmonia, the New York Youth Symphony and wildUp, among others, and has been featured on IRCAM’s Manifeste (Paris, France), Festival MANCA (Nice, France), Suntory Summer Arts (Tokyo, Japan), Tanglewood, Aspen, Fontainebleau, Norfolk, and Santa Fe music festivals.
She is currently composer-in-residence for the California Symphony and for Young Concert Artists, where she holds the William B. Butz Composer Chair. As part of YCA’s roster, she was commissioned to write works for the debuts of flutist Anthony Trionfo and cellist Zlatomir Fung at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. Recent recognitions include awards from ASCAP, BMI, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Chamber Music America.
Ms. Balch earned an M.M. from Yale School of Music, studying with Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, and Chris Theofanidis, and is currently pursuing her D.M.A. at Columbia University, where she studies with Georg Haas and George Lewis. When not making or listening to music, she enjoys cooking, the outdoors, and playing with her cat, Zarathustra.