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Katherine  Balch

Born: August 17th, 1991
Country of origin: United States of America
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. Katherine 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, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Intercontemporain, 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. N

ominated by violinist Hilary Hahn, Balch was just 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 will be 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 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.
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
“Epiphyte” won the ASCAP Morton Gould Award
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 Doubl Bassists composition competition’s Grand Prize
2016
“New Geometry” won an honorable mention at the American Modern Ensemble’s Composition Competition, (Tier III), 2016
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 Fellowship in Music Fellowship, 2020
2020
Katherine Balch Awarded the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Women in Classical Music Symposium Career Advancement Award

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  1. Illuminate

    Illuminate

    for 3 vocal soloists (SSMez) and orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : 3 vocal soloists (SSMez) and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : English
  2. impromptu

    impromptu

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  3. Artifacts

    Artifacts

    Concerto for violin and orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : violin and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  4. Chamber Music

    Chamber Music

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  5. like a broken clock

    like a broken clock

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  6. Leaf Fabric

    Leaf Fabric

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  7. Drift

    Drift

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  8. Leaf Catalogue

    Leaf Catalogue

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  9. New Geometry

    New Geometry

    Version for 13 players
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : 13 players
    Edition : performance material
  10. Una Corda

    Una Corda

    for prepared piano and ensemble
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : prepared piano and ensemble
    Edition : performance material

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Profile
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. Katherine 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, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Intercontemporain, 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. N

ominated by violinist Hilary Hahn, Balch was just 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 will be 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 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.
Works
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
“Epiphyte” won the ASCAP Morton Gould Award
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 Doubl Bassists composition competition’s Grand Prize
2016
“New Geometry” won an honorable mention at the American Modern Ensemble’s Composition Competition, (Tier III), 2016
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 Fellowship in Music Fellowship, 2020
2020
Katherine Balch Awarded the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Women in Classical Music Symposium Career Advancement Award
Products

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  1. Illuminate

    Illuminate

    for 3 vocal soloists (SSMez) and orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : 3 vocal soloists (SSMez) and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
    Language : English
  2. impromptu

    impromptu

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  3. Artifacts

    Artifacts

    Concerto for violin and orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : violin and orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  4. Chamber Music

    Chamber Music

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  5. like a broken clock

    like a broken clock

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  6. Leaf Fabric

    Leaf Fabric

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  7. Drift

    Drift

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  8. Leaf Catalogue

    Leaf Catalogue

    for orchestra
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : orchestra
    Edition : performance material
  9. New Geometry

    New Geometry

    Version for 13 players
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : 13 players
    Edition : performance material
  10. Una Corda

    Una Corda

    for prepared piano and ensemble
    Composer : Balch, Katherine
    Instrumentation : prepared piano and ensemble
    Edition : performance material

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