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”. 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 NY describes her as ‘the wonderfully lyrical pianist’.
Lisa Moore has ten solo discs (Cantaloupe, Orange Mountain Music, IGM, Bandcamp, Tall Poppies) ranging from Leoš Janáçek to Philip Glass. 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 both The New York Times Top Classical Albums of 2016 list and the 2017 Naxos Critics’ Choice. Lisa Moore 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 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, Dean-Moore-Dean Trio, TwoSense, Steve Reich Ensemble, Paul Dresher Double Duo, Grand Band, 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 is a Steinway artist. She has performed in some of the world’s greatest concert halls – La Scala, Musikverein, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Her guest appearances in festivals and venues 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, Bargemusic, 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 International Festival.
After winning 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 – New York’s electro-acoustic sextet and winner of the Musical America 2005 Ensemble of the Year Award.
Passionately dedicated to the music of our time as well as the great musical canon, Lisa has premiered hundreds of new works, collaborating with over 200 composers – including John Adams, Martin Bresnick, Gerard Brophy, Elliott Carter, Ornette Coleman, Mario Davidovsky, Brett Dean, Phillip Glass, Michael Gordon, Elena Kats-Chernin, Hannah Lash, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Thurston Moore, Meredith Monk, George Perle, Shulamit Ran, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Peter Sculthorpe, Michael Smetanin, Joan Tower, Julia Wolfe, Iannis Xenakis, Du Yun and Evan Ziporyn.
As a concerto soloist Moore has performed with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Wesleyan Orchestra, Sumarsam Gamelan, Albany, La Jolla, Sydney, Tasmania, Thai and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Monash Academy Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi and the Queensland Philharmonic – performing under the batons of Bradley Lubman, Steven Schick, Richard Mills, Benjamin Northey, Reinbert de Leeuw, Pierre Boulez, Jorge Mester, Angel Gil-Ordonez and Edo de Waart.
As an artistic curator Lisa Moore produced Australia’s Canberra International Music Festival 2008 Sounds Alive ‘08 series, ‘importing’ artists from around the world for 10 days of concerts at the Street Theatre in Canberra.
New projects inspire the searching nature of Lisa Moore’s imaginative creativity. Recent projects include the Bach Goldberg Variations Re-Imagined for two pianos with Melbourne’s Sonya Lifschitz, Dean-Moore-Dean Trio concerts with brothers Brett (viola) and Paul Dean (clarinet), Grand Band – a piano sextet featuring top New York pianists 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. Past residencies include the Banff Centre (Canada), Royal Academy of Music (London), Eastman School of Music, Sydney and Queensland Conservatoriums, Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. Lisa coaches (and occasionally conducts) at the Yale-Norfolk Festival New Music Workshop. From 2004-2016 she taught piano at Wesleyan University CT.
Lisa Moore was born in Canberra in 1960 and raised in both Australia and London (1971-73). She studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium for 4 years from 1976-80 before transferring to the USA to complete her degrees. Moore spent a year (1982-83) in Paris with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen before settling in New York City in 1985.
She is a graduate of the University of Illinois (BM) Eastman School of Music (MM) and SUNY Stonybrook (DMA). Her past teachers include Gilbert Kalish, David Burge, Yvonne Loriod, Benjamin Kaplan, Albert Landa, Sonya Hanke, Wilma McKeown and Larry Sitsky.
Lisa Moore periodically hosts New York Public Radio’s WQXR Q2 show “Hammered!” – a show highlighting new music for piano.