Katherine Balch (b. 1991) is a composer and pianist currently enrolled in the Tufts University/ New England Conservatory of Music dual degree program.
At Tufts, Katherine is double majoring in history and political science, and is the recipient of the Russell E. Miller prize in history, the Albert H. Imlah prize in history, the Belfer Prize in Political Science, the MacJannet Scholarship, and grants from the Granoff Special Project Fund, Tufts Summer Scholars, and the Undergraduate Research Fund.
At NEC, Katherine studies composition with Kati Agócs and Stratis Minakakis. A committed advocate of new music, Katherine directs NEC’s student composer’s concert series, and coordinates the student-run composer’s colloquium, a forum started by her and a colleague to encourage students to speak about their own music and that of composers in their generation. She has performed her own works in NEC’s Contemporary Ensemble in Jordan Hall, and also enjoys premiering and performing many of her colleague’s works throughout the academic year. In May, 2013 Katherine's chamber opera, The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, was premiered with the support of an Entrepreneurial Musicianship grant from NEC.
Katherine is an alumnus of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the European American Musical Alliance hosted at La Cantorum in Paris, and the Atlantic Music Festival. Musical recognitions include winner of NEC’s Contemporary Ensemble and Honors Ensemble competitions, three-time finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould award, first prize in the NLWPA composer’s competition, a fellowship from Yale School of Music's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, winner of New York Youth Symphony's First Music Commission, and winner of Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Composer to Center Stage Project.