Lisa Moore (musician)

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Lisa Moore (born 1960, Canberra, Australia) is an Australian internationally renowned pianist with a diverse and eclectic mix of musical influences. She has been crowned "New York's queen of avant-garde piano" and a "visionary" by The New Yorker magazine; the New York Times claims "her energy is illuminating" and The American Record Guide writes "her concerts are legendary".[1] Moore often incorporates theatrical elements in works such as ipiano:my brilliant career, Janacek from the street, Musically Speaking, Totally Wired Piano, and Wilde's World.[citation needed] She was the founding pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a New York-based electro-acoustic sextet, touring with them for 16 years.[citation needed] In May 2008 Moore curated Australia's Canberra International Music Festival Sounds Alive series.[citation needed]


Lisa Moore has performed with the New York City Ballet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, BargeMusic, St. Lukes Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Steve Reich Ensemble, So Percussion, Don Byron Adventurers Orchestra, Ensemble Signal, Da Capo Chamber Players, Grand Band, Paul Dresher Double Duo, Mabou Mines Theater, Susan Marshall Dance Co, Sequitur, Newband, MATA Festival, The Crosstown Ensemble, Australia Ensemble, Westchester Philharmonic, New York League of Composers ISCM, Newband, Alpha Centauri Ensemble, Terra Australis, Essential Music, and the John Jasperse Dance Co.[citation needed]

As a concerto soloist she has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Albany, Sydney, Tasmania, Thai and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonia Virtuosi and Queensland Philharmonic, and with conductors Reinbert de Leeuw, Pierre Boulez, Jorge Mester and Edo de Waart. Moore was winner of Musical America's 2005 Ensemble of the Year Award.[citation needed]

Moore has performed at La Scala, the Musikverein, the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and has made guest appearances at festivals such as the Netherlands, Lincoln Center, Schleswig-Holstein, BBC Proms, Israel, Warsaw, Uzbekistan, Musica Ficta Lithuania, Prague Spring, Istanbul, Athens, Taormina, Southbank's Meltdown, Dublin's Crash, Graz, Huddersfield, Scotia, Paris d'Automne, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Turin, Palermo, Barcelona, Heidelberg, Berlin, Perugia, Tanglewood, Houston Da Camera, Jacob's Pillow, Aspen, Norfolk, Sandpoint, Saratoga, Victoriaville, Ojai, Other Minds, NY's Sonic Boom, BAM Next Wave, MassMoca, Bang on a Can, Keys to the Future, Healing The Divide, Adelaide, Perth, Queensland, Canberra, Sydney, Sydney's Olympic Arts, Sydney Spring and Mostly Mozart, Brisbane Biennale, and the Darwin Festival.[citation needed]

Her collaboration with a large and diverse range of musicians and artists. Moore has also released 8 solo CDs (on Cantaloupe Music, Orange Mountain and the Tall Poppies labels) and 30 collaborative discs (on Sony, Nonesuch, DG, CRI, BMG, Point, New World, ABC Classics, Starkland, Harmonia Mundi and New Albion).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Lisa Moore was born in Canberra, Australia's National Capital, one of three children to an art historian and a prominent economist. Her early life included overseas travel, and by the age of 13, she had visited more than a dozen countries and lived in Sydney and London.[2] However Moore's development of an artist can be traced to her formative years in Canberra during the 1970s. A succession of “strange and interesting people” through her childhood included the Australian painter Charles Blackman. Sydney musical teacher Albert Landa, urged Moore to take her considerable talent seriously, which in part led to her decision to transfer from Telopea Park High School, a government run school, to 'Chiron College', then a newly opened alternative school located in Birchgrove in Sydney.[2] An unplanned pregnancy left 17-year-old Moore housebound for several months and time for piano practice. (She gave her baby up for adoption, and has since been reunited with her daughter, Emma Pearse)[2]

Later at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Moore, found support for her fledging musical career. In 1979, at the age of 20. Moore moved to the United States for 2 years, and pursued further studies in Paris thereafter.[citation needed] She settled permanently in New York City in 1985. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stonybrook. Lisa Moore now teaches at the Yale-Norfolk New Music Workshop Summer Festival and at Wesleyan University.[citation needed]

Lisa Moore is married to Martin Bresnick, a composer and professor of music at Yale.[3]



  1. ^ Time: 8:00 pm (2010-04-23). "Carleton College: Music: Concert Series and Events: Guest Artist Concert: Lisa Moore, piano". Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  2. ^ a b c Nicholas J, The Age, Melbourne, 15 May 2008, Pushing Back the Borders of Music and Imagination, Fairfax Press
  3. ^ Ratliff P, Feb 16, 2008, Birmingham News, Composer Martin Bresnick brings unique brand of spirituality to Birmingham-Southern College

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