Lisa Moore – piano
New-York based Australian musician Lisa Moore is a multifaceted pianist, recording artist, and avid collaborator. Her performances combine lyricism and virtuosity with expressive and emotional power – whether in the delivery of the simplest song, a solo recital, a concerto, or a fiendish chamber score. Given a special passion for the music of our time, Moore won the silver medal in the 1981 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. She has performed hundreds of commissioned works and world premieres, having worked with more than two hundred living composers while residing and collaborating in the vibrant new music scene of New York City since 1985. Moore has performed throughout Europe, the UK, USA, Australia, and Asia on some of the world’s great stages – La Scala, Musikverein, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Royal Albert Hall. .
Moore’s playing has been singled out by The New York Times for its “life and freshness” and “fragility and tenderness”. 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”.
Moore has released more than forty commercial albums, of which twelve are for solo piano in music ranging from Leoš Janáçek to Philip Glass (on labels: Cantaloupe Music, Orange Mountain Music, Irreverence Group Music, Bandcamp, Tall Poppies). Gramophone writes of her 2015 Mad Rush Philip Glass disc (Orange Mountain Music) “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 Naxos’ Critics’ Choice 2017. Moore’s recording of Ishi’s Song by Martin Bresnick (on The Stone People) was ranked no.4 in Naxos’ Best of Indie Classical 2020. Moore has recorded over thirty collaborative ensemble discs (labels: 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. In June 2022, Moore released her second album of music by Frederic Rzewski – no place to go but around – to compelling notice. The New York Times remarked the album is “meticulous…clever…hits the gas with controlled force” with “a greater range of emotion than other interpreters.”
Moore has performed and collaborated with a diverse collection of musicians, artists, ensembles and dance companies – Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Ornette Coleman, Thurston Moore, Iva Bittova, Bryce Dessner, 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, Mammoth Trio, 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.
Moore’s festival guest appearances 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, Venice, Barcelona, Heidelberg, Berlin, Perugia, Tanglewood, Mendocino, FENAM Sacramento, Arts and Ideas New Haven, PianoSpheres, Atlantic Music Festival, Sundance Institute, Houston Da Camera, Jacob’s Pillow, Aspen, Atlantic Music, Norfolk, June in Buffalo, Sandpoint, Saratoga, Victoriaville, Ojai, Other Minds, Sonic Boom, BAM Next Wave, Ecstatic Music, Bang on a Can Marathons, Bang on a Can LOUD Weekend, 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.
After winning the silver medal in the 1981 Rockefeller-Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition Moore 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 her ‘live’ performance of Stroke by composer Michael Smetanin. From 1992-2008 Moore 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. They toured the world together and won the 2015 Musical America Ensemble of the Year Award.
Moore has worked with hundreds of composers – including John Adams, Martin Bresnick, Gerard Brophy, Don Byron, Elliott Carter, Ornette Coleman, Mario Davidovsky, Brett Dean, Andrew Ford, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Jonny Greenwood, Elena Kats-Chernin, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Thurston Moore, Meredith Monk, Kate Neal, George Perle, Shulamit Ran, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Peter Sculthorpe, Michael Smetanin, Giovanni Sollima, Joan Tower, Julia Wolfe, Iannis Xenakis, Du Yun, Evan Ziporyn and Pamela Z.