Lisa Moore

The New York Times writes ‘Lisa Moore, an Australian pianist long based in and around New York, has always been a natural, compelling storyteller.’ Time Out New York describes her as ‘the wonderfully lyrical pianist,’ and The New Yorker crowned her ‘New York's queen of avant-garde piano.’

Lisa Moore has nine solo discs (Cantaloupe Music, Orange Mountain Music, Tall Poppies) of recorded work ranging from Leoš Janáçek to Philip Glass. Her recent album The Stone People (Cantaloupe) made The New York Times' Top Classical Albums of 2016 list, and features the music of John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Frederic Rzewski and Julia Wolfe. Moore has recorded over 30 collaborative sessions for Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland and Harmonia Mundi; her recent work on Steve Reich's Music for Eighteen Musicians (Harmonia Mundi) with Ensemble Signal made The New York Times “Top Classical Albums of 2015” list.

Moore collaborates with a large and diverse range of musicians, ensembles and artists – groups such as the London Sinfonietta, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Steve Reich Ensemble, New York City Ballet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. She is a member of Grand Band, Ensemble Signal, TwoSense and the Paul Dresher Double Duo.

Festival guest appearances include Lincoln Center, BAM Next Wave, Crash Dublin, Vienna, Graz, Rome, Turin, Aspen, Tanglewood, Gilmore, Chautauqua, Huddersfield, Paris d’Automne, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, BBC Proms, Southbank, Uzbekistan, Leningrad, Moscow, Lithuania, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Israel and Warsaw.

The New Yorker crowned Lisa Moore ‘New York’s queen of avant-garde piano’. She won the silver medal in the 1981 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competitionand moved to New York City in 1985From 1992-2008, Lisa Moore was the founding pianist for the Bang On A Can All-Stars and winner of Musical America’s 2005 Ensemble of the Year Award. She has collaborated with over 200 composers – including Iannis Xenakis, Elliot Carter, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Ornette Coleman, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Thurston Moore, Hannah Lash, Julia Wolfe and Martin Bresnick.

Lisa Moore is a Steinway artist. She has performed in some of the world’s greatest concert halls – La Scala, the Musikverein, the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. As a concerto soloist Moore has performed with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Wesleyan Orchestra and Sumarsam Gamelan, Albany, Sydney, Tasmania, La Jolla, Thai and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonia Virtuosi and the Queensland Philharmonic – under the batons of Bradley Lubman, Richard Mills, Reinbert de Leeuw, Pierre Boulez, Jorge Mester, Angel Gil-Ordonez, Steven Schick and Edo de Waart.

Moore grew up in Australia and London. She studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, the University of Illinois, Eastman School of Music, SUNY Stonybrook and in Paris with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, and she teaches at Yale’s summer Norfolk Festival New Music Workshop. As an artistic curator, Moore produced Australia’s Canberra International Music Festival 2008 Sounds Alive series, importing artists from around the world for 10 days of events at the Street Theatre. In 2016, she spent a week as artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre, Canada, and two weeks as guest artist at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.


To His Coy Mistress by Frederic Rzewski; Lisa Moore piano & voice (Andrew Marvell text)