Mario Merz Prize

Edition 4


Katherine Balch

Katherine Balch (San Diego – USA, 1991), usually lives in USA.

Called “spellbinding” (Seen and Heard International) with “glow and poise and electric tension” (The Daily Telegraph), the music of composer Katherine Balch captures the magic of everyday sounds, inviting audiences into a sonic world characterized by imagination, discovery, and stylistic variety. Often inspired by literature, nature, and science, she has been described as “some kind of musical Thomas Edison – you can just hear her tinkering around in her workshop, putting together new sounds and textural ideas” (San Francisco Chronicle). Katherine’s work has been commissioned and performed by leading ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, the Argus quartet, and the symphony orchestras of Minnesota, Oregon, Albany, Indianapolis, California, Dallas, and Tokyo. Her music is published exclusively worldwide by Schott.

She holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Columbia University and will join the Yale School of Music composition faculty in the fall.