Kate Halsall


Kate Halsall is a pianist developing and commissioning new music for a variety of projects. Born in Stockport, Greater Manchester she grew up in Upper Eden Valley, Cumbria, studying at Royal College of Music with Kendall Taylor and Yonty Solomon. Kate has performed in the UK and internationally and worked with a number of ensembles, including Sustaining Ensemble, duoDorT, and as pianist/director in Piano Circus for 10 years (02-12). She founded Galvanize Ensemble in 2012 through her Hack the Barbican project and is currently developing a performance and radio project through her Boom residency (Bell Halsall duo), with Oxford Contemporary Music.

Performances include for Aldeburgh Music, aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor (music Graham Fitkin), hcmf//, Sonorities, Oxford Contemporary Music, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Imagine Festival at Southbank Centre, LIFEM, John Cage Uncaged (Musicircus, Barbican), Multiplier Series, Michael Clark Dance Company (Oh My Goddess), Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts, sound festival, Frontiers, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, Sound Source (Plundering Žižek); Peak Performances, New Jersey, Colorado College, Timezones Festival, Italy, The Banff Centre, Canada (Miniaturised Concertos), ICMC, Athens.

Kate has commissioned and premiered new works by composers including Kerry Andrew, Christine Abdelnour, Elo Masing, Helena Gough, Yuko Ohara, Ailís Ní Ríain, Shiva Feshareki, Graham Fitkin, Dominic Murcott, Angie Atmadjaja and Edward Jessen. Broadcasts include BBC 2, In Tune, Late Junction, BBC Radio 4, Resonance fm; releases on Metier, Squeaky Kate (Triple Point and Quantulum EPs) and Summerfold Records (Skin and Wire, Piano Circus with Bill Bruford).

Recent projects include Happenstance with Galvanize Ensemble and Hear the City, a music app, designed with Stromatolite. Her project Miniaturised Concertos, also developed some of the material through residencies with South West Music School at Dartington and was also supported by the John and Sheilagh Langille Scholarship, Banff Centre, Canada.