New York-based Australian musician Lisa Moore is a multifaceted pianist, recording artist, and avid collaborator. The New York Times has singled out her playing for its “life and freshness” and “fragility and tenderness”, The New Yorker describes her as “visionary” and “New York’s queen of the avant-garde piano” while Pitchfork claims “she’s the best kind of contemporary classical musician, one so fearsomely game that she inspires composers to offer her their most wildly unplayable ideas”. Her playing combines lyricism and virtuosity with expressive and emotional power – whether in the delivery of the simplest song, a solo recital, a concerto, or a fiendish chamber score. Given a special passion for the music of our time, Moore won the silver medal in the 1981 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition and has performed hundreds of commissioned works and world premieres – having worked with more than two hundred living composers, while residing and collaborating in the vibrant new music scene of New York City since 1985.
Moore has played throughout Europe, the UK, USA, and Asia – on some of the world’s great stages: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, La Scala, Royal Albert Hall, and Musikverein. She has released twelve solo albums, and more than thirty collaborative ensemble discs. Gramophone writes about her 2015 Mad Rush Philip Glass disc: “what becomes abundantly clear is Moore’s highly developed, intuitive and nuanced approach to this music”. Moore’s 2016 album The Stone People was selected by The New York Times Top Classical Albums 2016 and Naxos Critics’ Choice 2017. In June 2022, Moore released no place to go but around – her second album of music by Frederic Rzewski – to compelling notice. The New York Times remarked that the album is “meticulous…clever…hits the gas with controlled force” and has “a greater range of emotion than other interpreters.”
For sixteen years (92-08) Moore was the founding pianist for the award-winning electro-acoustic sextet Bang On A Can All-Stars. She has performed with leading artists, ensembles and dance companies – Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Ornette Coleman, Frederic Rzewski, Don Byron, Pamela Z, Thurston Moore, Iva Bittova, Bryce Dessner, London Sinfonietta, Steve Reich Ensemble, New York City Ballet, American Composers Orchestra, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
As a concerto soloist, Moore has performed with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Tasmania Symphony, Thai National, Monash MAPA, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Wesleyan University Orchestra-Sumarsam Gamelan, and the Queensland Philharmonic. She has worked under the batons of David Robertson, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Brett Dean, Bradley Lubman, Steven Schick, Benjamin Northey, Richard Mills, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jorge Mester, Leonard Dommett, Dobbs Frank, and Angel Gil-Ordonez.
Moore’s festival appearances include Lincoln Center, BAM Next Wave, Banff, Tanglewood, Aspen, Chautauqua, Gilmore, PianoSpheres LA, Chamber Music Northwest, Huddersfield, Vale of Glamorgan, Liquid Music MN, Holland, Graz, Hamburg, Taormina, Paris d’Automne, Rome, Milan, Turin, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, BBC Proms, Southbank, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Metropolis, Israel, and Warsaw.
Lisa Moore is a Steinway artist.