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 performed 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. Current ensembles include electro-acoustic Galvanize Ensemble, Bell Halsall duo, SoundKarD, Cobalt piano duo and In Place with Colin Riley (2017-18).
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, her album of new works for piano duo, electronics and ensemble, released May 2016, Happenstance with Galvanize Ensemble. 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. Other performances for solo and ensemble projects, 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//, Sonorities, Michael Clark Dance Company (OH MY GODDESS 2003), Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Colourscape Festival, Southbank Centre 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
“Tender and heroically controlled” Ockeghem Octets, Antoine Beuger. Kate Molleson, Guardian review, July 17
‘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
“Clever and lovely” Leo Chadburn, Kate Halsall Vapour Descriptors. Maya Carlyle, BBC Radio 3, Late Junction, 2015
‘.. 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