Bio 2018-04-11T22:36:20+00:00

lisa-bioDescribed by The New York Times as “brilliant and searching…beautiful and impassioned…lustrous at the keyboard” Lisa Moore’s performances combine music and theatre with expressive and emotional power – whether in the delivery of the simplest song, 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 has nine solo discs (Cantaloupe, Orange Mountain Music, Tall Poppies) ranging from Leoš Janáçek to Philip Glass. Her latest CD 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 of 2016 and the 2017 Naxos Critics’ Choice. Lisa has recorded over thirty collaborative discs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland, Harmonia Mundi). Her recent Steve Reich Music for Eighteen Musicians (Harmonia Mundi) with Ensemble Signal made The New York Times Top Classical Albums of 2015 list.

Crowned “New York’s queen of avant-garde piano” and “visionary” in The New Yorker this Australian virtuoso has developed an unconventional career. She 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, Bargemusic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, TwoSense, Steve Reich Ensemble, Paul Dresher Double Duo, Grand Band, ExhAust, Howl, 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, Eliot Feld, 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 the John Jasperse Dance Company.

Lisa Moore is a Steinway artist. She has performed in some of the world’s greatest concert halls – La Scala, the Musikverein, the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall – to name just a few. Her guest appearances at festivals include the Holland, Lincoln Center, Irving S. Gilmore, Schleswig-Holstein, BBC Proms, Israel, Warsaw, Uzbekistan, Musica Ficta Lithuania, Prague Spring, Istanbul, Athens, Taormina, Southbank’s Meltdown, Dublin’s Crash, Graz, Huddersfield, Scotia, Paris d’Automne, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Turin, Palermo, Barcelona, Heidelberg, Berlin, Perugia, Tanglewood, Chautauqua, Gilmore, 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, Keys to the Future, Kettlecorn, MassMoca, Healing The Divide, Mizzou, Music 10 Blonay, Adelaide, Perth, Queensland, Canberra, Sydney, Sydney’s Olympic Arts, Sydney Spring, Sydney Mostly Mozart, Sydney Big Ideas, Brisbane Biennale, Melbourne’s Metropolis and the Darwin Festival.

Having won the silver medal in the 1981 Rockefeller-Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition Lisa Moore moved to New York in 1985 to begin free-lancing. From 1992-2008 she was the founding pianist for the Bang On A Can All-Stars – the New York based electro-acoustic sextet and winner of Musical America’s 2005 Ensemble of the Year Award. Passionately dedicated to the music of our time as well as the great musical canon she has collaborated with hundreds of composers – folks such as John Adams, Martin Bresnick, Gerard Brophy, Elliot Carter, Ornette Coleman, Phillip Glass, Elena Kats-Chernin, Hannah Lash, David Lang, Kate Moore, Thurston Moore, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Michael Smetanin, Julia Wolfe and Iannis Xenakis.

As a concerto soloist Moore has performed with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Albany, La Jolla, Sydney, Tasmania, Thai and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Monash Academy Performing Arts Orchestra, Wesleyan Orchestra and Sumarsam Gamelan, Philharmonia Virtuosi and the Queensland Philharmonic – under the batons of Bradley Lubman, Steve Schick, Richard Mills, Reinbert de Leeuw, Pierre Boulez, Jorge Mester, Angel Gil-Ordonez, Benjamin Northey and Edo de Waart.

As an artistic curator Moore produced Australia’s Canberra International Music Festival 2008 Sounds Alive series, importing artists from around the world for 10 days of events at the Street Theatre.

New projects inspire the searching nature of Lisa Moore’s creativity. Recent excursions include Grand Band – a piano sextet featuring some of the finest pianists in NYC and TwoSense – a commissioning cello (Ashley Bathgate) and piano duo dedicated to expanding the chamber music repertoire.

Lisa Moore makes regular guest teaching appearances at conservatories around the world. She annually coaches (and occasionally conducts) at the Yale-Norfolk Festival New Music Workshop during the American summers. Past residencies include Banff, London’s Royal Academy of Music, Eastman School of Music, Sydney and Queensland Conservatoriums, Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and the Australian National Academy of Music. From 2004-2016 Lisa taught at Wesleyan University (CT). Born in Canberra and raised in Australia and London (1971-73), Lisa studied at the Sydney (NSW) Conservatorium for 4 years from 1976-80 before moving to the USA. She spent a year in Paris (1982-83) before settling in New York City. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois (BMus) Eastman School of Music (MMus) and SUNY Stonybrook (DMA). Her past teachers include Gilbert Kalish, David Burge, Yvonne Loriod, Albert Landa, Sonya Hanke, Wilma McKeown and Larry Sitsky.

Lisa Moore periodically hosts New York Public Radio’s WQXR Q2 show “Hammered!” .