Katherine Balch (b.1991) writes music that explores lyricism through textural soundscapes. Her music has been commissioned and performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony (First Music Commission), Ensemble Intercontemporain (IRCAM ManiFeste), Alea III, Antico Moderno, FLUX Quartet (Santa Fe Chamber Music), ZOFO duo, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Yale Philharmonia, ICE, American Modern Ensemble, and others in such venues as Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, and Centquatre (Paris). Upcoming performances include those by Contemporaneous, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and violinist Michiko Theurer on a collaborative project based on Virginia Woolf’s The Waves. Recognitions for her work include fellowships from Fontainebleau, Aspen and Norfolk music festivals, several ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, New England Conservatory’s Donald Martino Prize, Fontainebleau’s Prix du Composition, first prize in America Modern Ensemble’s 8th annual Composition Competition, Yale’s Woods Chandler Memorial Prize and Alumni Association Prize. Katherine completed her B.M/ B.A in the Tufts/ New England Conservatory double degree program and her M.M at Yale School of Music, where she studied with Aaron Kernis, Chris Theofanidis, and David Lang. She recently began her D.M.A at Columbia University, studying with Georg Haas. When not making or listening to music, Katherine can be found baking, collecting leaves, and playing with her cat, Zarathustra.