Lisa Moore – piano
The New York Times writes ‘Lisa Moore, an Australian pianist long based in and around New York, has always been a natural, compelling storyteller’. TimeOut New York describes her as ‘the wonderfully lyrical pianist’ whereas The New Yorker refers to her as ‘New York’s queen of avant-garde piano’. Lisa Moore’s performances combine music and theatre with expressive and emotional power – whether in the delivery of the simplest song (using her voice), a solo recital, or a fiendish chamber score. Pitchfork writes “She’s the best kind of contemporary classical musician, one so fearsomely game that she inspires composers to offer her their most wildly unplayable ideas”.
Lisa Moore has released ten solo discs (Cantaloupe, Orange Mountain Music, Irreverence Group Music, Bandcamp, Tall Poppies) ranging from Leoš Janáçek to Philip Glass. Gramophone writes of her 2015 Mad Rush Philip Glass disc (Orange Mountain) “what becomes abundantly clear from listening to almost any bar on this recording is Moore’s highly developed, intuitive and nuanced approach to this music, one which has been allowed to evolve and refine over a number of years”. Her 2016 disc The Stone People (Cantaloupe) – featuring the music of John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Frederic Rzewski, and Julia Wolfe – made The New York Times Top Classical Albums 2016 list and the 2017 Naxos Critics’ Choice. Lisa Moore has recorded over thirty collaborative ensemble discs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland, Harmonia Mundi). Her Steve Reich Music for Eighteen Musicians (Harmonia Mundi) with Ensemble Signal made The New York Times Top Classical Albums 2015 list.
This Australian virtuoso has performed with a large and diverse range of musicians and artists throughout the globe – the London Sinfonietta, New York City Ballet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Steve Reich Ensemble, Paul Dresher Double Duo, Grand Band,Dean-Moore-Dean Trio, TwoSense, So Percussion, Don Byron Adventurers Orchestra, Ensemble Signal, Le Train Bleu, Third Coast Percussion, Da Capo Chamber Players, Eighth Blackbird, American Composers Orchestra, Mabou Mines Theater, ExhAust, Howl, Eliot Feld Dance, Susan Marshall Dance, Sequitur, Music at the Anthology, St. Lukes Orchestra, Australia Ensemble, Westchester Philharmonic, New York League of Composers ISCM, Alpha Centauri Ensemble, Terra Australis, and John Jasperse Dance Company.
Lisa Moore has performed in the world’s greatest concert halls – La Scala, Musikverein, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall. Her guest appearances in festivals include Holland, Lincoln Center, Big Ears, Irving S. Gilmore, Chautauqua, Schleswig-Holstein, BBC Proms, Israel, Warsaw, Uzbekistan, Musica Ficta Lithuania, Prague Spring, Istanbul, Athens, Brussels, Nantes, Rome, Taormina, Barbican, Southbank’s Meltdown, Dublin’s Crash, Graz, Vienna, Huddersfield, Scotia, Paris d’Automne, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Turin, Palermo, Barcelona, Heidelberg, Berlin, Perugia, Tanglewood, Mendocino, FENAM Sacramento, Arts and Ideas New Haven, Sundance Institute, Houston Da Camera, Jacob’s Pillow, Aspen, Norfolk, Sandpoint, Saratoga, Victoriaville, Ojai, Other Minds, Sonic Boom, BAM Next Wave, Ecstatic Music, Bang on a Can Marathons, Bargemusic, Keys to the Future, Kettlecorn New Music, MassMoca, Healing The Divide – CSUFullerton, Mizzou, Music 10 Blonay, Adelaide, Perth, Queensland, Canberra International Music, Sydney, Sydney Olympic Arts, Sydney Spring, Sydney Mostly Mozart, Sydney Big Ideas, Sydney Extended Play, Tyalgum Music, Brisbane Biennale, Melbourne Metropolis, and the Darwin International Festival.
Lisa Moore won the silver medal in the 1981 Rockefeller-Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. She moved to New York City in 1985. In 1992 she won the Australian Music Center Sounds Australian award ‘best performance of an Australian work” for Stroke by Michael Smetanin. From 1992-2008 she was the founding pianist for the Bang On A Can All-Stars – New York’s electro-acoustic sextet and winner of the Musical America 2005 Ensemble of the Year Award.