Kate Halsall is a pianist developing and commissioning new music for a variety of projects. As a performer and promoter of new music, she has commissioned, premiered, recorded and broadcast many new works, and is a frequent collaborator on interdisciplinary projects, often with technologies.
Kate has appeared at international festivals and series, including Marte festival Malaga, ICT + Art NEM Summit Nantes, Timezones festival Italy, The Barbican Centre (John Cage Uncaged), ICMC Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, ICU Rome, Peak Performances New Jersey; Sound Source London, Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music Belfast, Nonclassical, Blackheather Club and London International Festival of Exploratory Music. Residencies include with Bowed Piano Ensemble at Colorado College US, Stromatolite, Aldeburgh Music, Banff Centre Canada and most recently, she was a Boom Artist for Oxford Contemporary Music.
Current ensembles include electro-acoustic Galvanize Ensemble, Bell Halsall duo, SoundKarD with Sarah Dacey and composer Duncan MacLeod and Cobalt piano duo (with Fumiko Miyachi). Kate has worked with a number of ensembles including Andrew Poppy’s Sustaining Ensemble, piano duo duoDorT and as pianist/director in Piano Circus. Other projects include as pianist/producer for Galvanize Hack The Barbican, Hear the City, a music app design residency with Stromatolite; Miniaturised Concertos | Maché, an album of new works for piano duo, electronics and ensemble, released May 2016, Happenstance with Galvanize Ensemble. Performances have included Frontiers Festival, Acoustic Ecology Symposium, Dartington Hall, Oxford Contemporary Music, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, LIFEM, John Cage Uncaged (Musicircus, Barbican), Multiplier Series, Cutting Edge, iF Festival, Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts, sound festival, Sound Source (Plundering Žižek); The Piano- Glasgow City of Music, Ockham’s Razor (Not Until We Are Lost) with music by Graham Fitkin, hcmf// with Chimera Ensemble, Sonorities, Michael Clark Dance Company (Oh My Goddess), Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Colourscape, SBC Imagine Children’s Festival, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, Ether Festival, Festival of Dimitria Thessaloniki, Festival de la Sainte Baume Provence.
Broadcasts have included BBC 2, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Late Junction, BBC Radio 4, Resonance fm series Horizontal Transfer. Releases on Squeaky Kate, NMC Recordings, Metier, Summerfold Records, Another Timbre.
‘The performances (violist Jessica Beeston, clarinettist Tom Lessels, pianist Kate Halsall and others) get the right balance of wry, fond, understated and slightly bonkers.’ Shenanigans/Colin Riley Kate Molleson, Guardian 2017
‘.. the ambition of the‘ Miniaturised Concertos’ concert with Kate Halsall and Fumiko Miyachi accompanied by the University of York’ s Chimera Ensemble, was inspirational; much character and vibrancy was on offer throughout the whole programme.’Tempo, hcmf// 2014