Kate Moore is an award-winning composer of new music. She creates worlds of sound for acoustic and electroacoustic media and writes instrumental music, concert music, sound installations and more. Moore specialises in creating surprising performance scenarios that feature virtuosic instrumentalists and musicians set amidst unusual and alternative performance circumstances.
She is the recipient of the 2017 Matthijs Vermeulen Prize, the most prestigious Dutch prize offered to composers, for her Canberra International Music Festival commissioned work The Dam based on the rhythm of environmental sounds of The Southern Highlands NSW. Continuing her fascination and passion for fragile ecosystems and the intersection between Nature and Culture, her major work Sacred Environment was premiered by The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and choir with soloists Alex Oomens and Lies Beijerinck during The Holland Festival Proms at The Concertgebouw. She has recently been awarded an APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund commission to continue her research into the environment and history of the Lower Hunter Valley as source material for a song cycle about the early settlers of this region, the intersection with Australia’s first people and the Country in which they simultaneously existed. Her work Fern was shortlisted for the 2017 International Rostrum of composers. Her album Dances and Canons performed by pianist Saskia Lankhoorn, released on ECM New Series was Grammy and Eddison nominated album and her recent solo album for cello Stories for Ocean Shells, performed by Ashely Bathgate, was released on Cantaloupe.
Her work has been described as “Mahlerian allure and emotionality” – de Volkskrant, “a giant tsunami of sound” New York Times, “a fascinating exercise in micro- and macro- rhythm” Sydney Morning Herald, “from the haze she creates, graceful, ambling melodies emerge and evaporate, and those give the music its allure.” New York Times, “her intent seems to be to create a dream, an alternative reality” UT San Diego.
Active on the international scene her works have been performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House and The Concertgebouw and international festivals including The Holland Festival, November Music, The Bang on a Can Marathon, ISCM World Music Days, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, The Sonic Festival, MATA, Carlsbad festival of Music CA, Canberra International Chamber Music Festival.
She has written for ensembles including The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Groot Omroepkoor, Philharmonie Zuidnederland Orkest, Slagwerk Den Haag, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, The Amsterdam Cello Octet, The New European Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Crash Ensemble, Icebreaker Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, The Bang on a Can All-Stars, Icebreaker, Crash Ensemble, The Calder Quartet, Contemporaneous, Wild Up, Grand Band, Twosense, Duo X88, Ensemble Offspring, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Klang, Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, Trio Scordatura, The Song Company, Ensemble Lucilin, Ensemble Syntonia, Orkest De Ereprijs among others.
She holds a doctorate from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney 2008-2012), Masters from The Royal Conservatorium of The Hague (2002-2004), a Bachelor of Music with honours from The Canberra School of Music/ Australian Centre for Arts and Technology (Australian National University 1998-2001). In addition to her studies in composition, Moore studied cello at The Australian National University, electroacoustic composition at The Australian Centre for Arts and Technology ANU.
Other awards and prizes include a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, a Yaddo Fellowship, The William and Mary Greve Foundation: John J. Tommaney Fellowship Tanglewood 2015, The Hague Toptalent 2012, Norton Stevens Fellowship (MacDowell Colony) 2012, De Komeet Culture Prize 2010, Dorris Burnett-Ford Scholarship University of Sydney 2008-2012, The Carlsbad Festival of Music composer prize 2010, Apeldoorn Young Composer Award 2003, Australian National University Medal 2001, ANU Honours Scholarship 2001, Franco/Australian Composition Competition 2000, Howard-Allen Memorial Prize 1998-2001, Artexpress 1997.
She has been a composer in residence at festivals including Oerol festival 2016-17, Tanglewood 2015, November Music (2014, 2017), The Canberra International Music Festival (2015), Bang On A Can Summer Festival 2007 and The Apeldoorn Young Composer Meeting 2003 and The Apeldoorn International Master-class Series 2003. She has been artist in residence at The European Ceramic Workshop (EKWC), The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Bundanon, The Bogliasco Foundation, Civitella Ranieri among others.
Her work has been performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at major festivals including The Holland Festival, ISCM World Music Days and MATA. She has worked with many ensembles including Slagwerk Den Haag, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Nieuw Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Calder Quartet, Ensemble Klang, Ensemble Offspring, and Asko|Schönberg.