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Lisa Moore, piano

Lisa Moore

‘Long based in New York City this Australian pianist has always been a natural, compelling storyteller’ (The New York Times). Lisa Moore’s playing has been further singled out in The New York Times for its “life and freshness” and “fragility and tenderness”. Pitchfork claims “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.” 

This multi-faceted pianist and avid collaborator won the silver medal in the 1981 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. Based in New York City since 1985, Lisa Moore has released 10 solo discs, ranging from Leoš Janáček to Philip Glass, and more than thirty collaborative discs (on labels: Cantaloupe, Tall Poppies, Orange Mountain, Irreverence Group Music, Bandcamp, Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland, Harmonia Mundi). Her 2016 disc The Stone People was selected by The New York Times Top Classical Albums and Naxos Critics’ Choice. Gramophone writes of her 2015 Mad Rush Philip Glass disc “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”. 

While the founding pianist (‘92-’08) of the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Lisa Moore won Musical America’s 2005 Ensemble of the Year award. Over her 40 year career she has collaborated with more than 200 composers – from Iannis Xenakis, Elliot Carter, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, and Frederic Rzewski to Ornette Coleman, Jonny Greenwood, Thurston Moore, Martin Bresnick, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe. Lisa has played with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet, Steve Reich Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, and is a current member of Grand Band, Ensemble Signal, TwoSense, Tempus Duo, and the Paul Dresher Double Duo.

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 worked under the batons of David Robertson, Leonard Bernstein, Brett Dean, Bradley Lubman, Steven Schick, Benjamin Northey, Richard Mills, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jorge Mester, and Angel Gil-Ordonez.

Lisa has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, La Scala, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, and the Sydney Opera House. Her festival appearances 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, starting piano lessons at age 6. Her formal studies continued at the Sydney Conservatorium,  University of Illinois (BM), Eastman School of Music (MM), SUNY Stonybrook (DMA), and in Paris for a year with Yvonne Loriod. She teaches at the Yale-Norfolk Festival New Music Workshop, and since 1997 has been a regular guest at the Australian National Academy of Music. Lisa Moore is a Steinway Artist.