“She’s like some kind of musical Thomas Edison – you can just hear her tinkering around in her workshop, putting together new sounds and textural ideas.”
– SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Called “breathtakingly beautiful” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “a shimmering sonic blanket quilted from microswaths of richly colored acoustic fabrics,” (Oregon ArtsWatch) the music of Katherine Balch seeks to create intimate sonic environments driven by attention to detail and playful investigation of sounds.
Ms. Balch’s work has been commissioned and performed by leading ensembles in the United States and abroad. As the Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence, 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. She also recently completed her three-year tenure as Composer-in-Residence for the California Symphony. Upcoming projects include a new work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, an ensemble piece for Exceptet, and a song cycle commissioned by the Brooklyn Arts Song Society. In 2021, she will be in residence at the American Academy in Rome, completing an album of music for double bass and ensemble as the Elliot Carter Rome Prize Fellow.
Ms. Balch earned an M.M. from Yale School of Music, studying with Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, and Chris Theofanidis, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, where she counts among her mentors Georg Friedrich Haas, George Lewis, Fred Lerdahl, and Marcos Balter. Passionate about education at all levels, she is currently on faculty at Mannes School of Music. When not making or listening to music, she enjoys cooking, the outdoors, and playing with her cat, Zarathustra.
YCA represents composer Katherine Balch for worldwide engagements. Ms. Balch’s chamber works are published by Schott PSNY. Please contact us for more information.