Lisa Moore, piano
Pitchfork writes “The New York-based Australian pianist Lisa Moore is a tightrope-walker, a daredevil. 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. She can play them all.” The New York Times writes ‘Lisa Moore has always been a natural, compelling storyteller’ and The New Yorker describes her as ‘visionary’ and ‘New York’s queen of avant-garde piano’.
Lisa Moore won the silver medal in the 1981 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition and moved to New York City in 1985. She has released 10 solo discs (Cantaloupe Music, Tall Poppies, Orange Mountain Music, Irreverence Group Music, Bandcamp) ranging from Leoš Janáček 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”. Lisa’s 2016 disc The Stone People (Cantaloupe), featuring music by John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Frederic Rzewski, and Julia Wolfe, reached The New York Times Top Classical Albums of 2016 list and the 2017 Naxos Critics’ Choice. Lisa has recorded more than thirty collaborative discs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland, Harmonia Mundi, Bandcamp).
As a concerto soloist, Lisa Moore has performed with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Tasmania Symphony, Thai National, Monash MAPA, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Wesleyan University Orchestra-Sumarsam Gamelan, and the Queensland Philharmonic. She has performed under the batons of David Robertson, Leonard Bernstein, Bradley Lubman, Steven Schick, Benjamin Northey, Richard Mills, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jorge Mester, and Angel Gil-Ordonez.
As a pianist and avid collaborator, Lisa Moore has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, La Scala, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, and the Sydney Opera House. She has worked with more than 200 composers ranging from Iannis Xenakis, Elliot Carter, Philip Glass, and Frederic Rzewski to Ornette Coleman, Jonny Greenwood, Meredith Monk,Thurston Moore, Martin Bresnick, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe. As the founding pianist (‘92-’08) of the Bang On A Can All-Stars she won Musical America’s 2005 Ensemble of the Year Award. Lisa is a member of Grand Band, Ensemble Signal, TwoSense, Tempus Duo, and the Paul Dresher Double Duo. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet, Steve Reich Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra. Her festival performances include Lincoln Center, BAM Next Wave, Banff, Tanglewood, Aspen, Chautauqua, Gilmore, Chamber Music Northwest, Huddersfield, Vale of Glamorgan, Liquid Music, Holland, Graz, Paris d’Automne, Rome, Milan, Turin, Hong Kong, BBC Proms, Southbank, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Metropolis, Israel, and Warsaw.
Born in Australia, Lisa grew up in Canberra, London and Sydney. She started piano lessons at age 6. Her formal studies began at the Sydney Conservatorium, and continued at the University of Illinois (B.Mus), Eastman School of Music (M.Mus), SUNY Stonybrook (DMA), and in Paris with Yvonne Loriod. She teaches at the Yale-Norfolk Festival New Music Workshop and has been a regular guest at the Australian National Academy of Music.
Lisa Moore is a Steinway Artist.