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Katherine Balch

New York, NY   

Katherine Balch (b.1991) writes music that seeks to capture the intimate details of existence through sound. Her music has been commissioned and performed by the Tokyo, Albany, and Minnesota Symphony Orchestras, the MANCA festival, Contemporaneous, New York Youth Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, ICE, Alea III, Antico Moderno, FLUX Quartet, New York Virtuoso Singers, Yale Philharmonia, American Modern Ensemble, wildUp and others in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and Wiener Konzerthaus. She has been recognized by fellowships from Fontainebleau, Aspen and Norfolk music festivals, a BMI student composer award, several ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, New England Conservatory’s Donald Martino Prize, Fontainebleau’s Prix du Composition, grand prize in the International Society of Bassists Composition Competition, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and letters, Yale’s Alumni Association Prize and the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize. Katherine is California Symphony’s 2017-2020 composer-in-residence. She is managed by Young Concert Artists, Inc., where she currently holds the William B. Butz composition chair. 

Katherine completed her B.M/ B.A in the Tufts/ New England Conservatory double degree program and her M.M at Yale School of Music, where she studied with Aaron Kernis, Chris Theofanidis, and David Lang. She is currently pursuing her D.M.A at Columbia University, studying with Georg Haas. When not making or listening to music, she can be found baking, collecting leaves, and playing with her cat, Zarathustra.

New Geometry (large ensemble version)

arranged for and performed by Contemporaneous

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Leaf Catalogue (2016) for orchestra

performed by the Yale Philharmonia

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Thread Unfurled (2016) for flute and piano

performed by Zach Sheets and Wei-Han Wu

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles July 31 2017 | By Katherine Balch
Mentor, Me—Mentoring is Hard

As a young and very green teacher of both classroom and private students, I have no illusions about making mistakes in my teaching. Teachers face challenges in managing many different...

Articles July 24 2017 | By Katherine Balch
Mentor, Me—Momentary Mentorship

In October of last year, Ashley Fure became a mentor to me without her knowing it. Beyond the striking impression of the music, I was moved by Fure’s comments about...

Articles July 17 2017 | By Katherine Balch
Mentor, Me—Beyond Musical Mentorship

Having someone as a mentor figure who was outside of music--Vickie Sullivan, a popular professor at Tufts University particularly well known in the political science and classics departments--was really grounding:...

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