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), Collage New Music, the Yale Camerata, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Antico Moderno, FLUX Quartet (Santa Fe Chamber Music), ZOFO duo, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Yale Philharmonia, Alea III, and flute-piano duo Zachary Sheets and Wei-Han Wu (New Music USA) in such venues as Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, and Centquatre (Paris). Other recognitions include fellowships from Aspen, Norfolk, and Fontainebleau music festivals, several ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, New England Conservatory’s Donald Martino Prize, Fontainebleau’s Prix du Composition, and first prize in America Modern Ensemble’s 8th annual Composition Competition. She is currently pursuing her Master’s at Yale School of Music, studying with David Lang. Aside from composing, Katherine enjoys writing program notes for Yale School of Music concerts, various combinations of espresso and steamed milk, and the outdoors. She will begin her doctorate in composition at Columbia University in the fall as a Dean’s Fellow.
Leaf Catalogue is an ode to all the tiny little netted veins, the malachite spines and splintery emerald epidermi, the viridian curves and fern-green webs turned to sea-foam in the sun.