Catherine Kontz

Catherine Kontz

Catherine Kontz (b. 1976) is a London-based composer whose works explore nonlinear form, visual/spatial elements, and musical theatricality. Recent premieres include The Waves for Solistes Européens, due to be released on Naxos in 2021; Driwwer Drënner Drop, a live sound promenade, for the Rain Days festival/Philharmonie Luxembourg; Fruitmarket for BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Die Regenmacher for ensemble recherche; Il Floridoro for vocal ensemble Exaudi; and the opera Neige at Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, which she both composed and directed. Her chamber opera A Certain Sense of Order – On a poem of Anne Sexton (with Canadian theatre-makers tick tock) is currently on tour. Fleet Footing, her ongoing psychogeography sound-walk, a collaboration with Sarah Grange,was shortlisted for the Quattropole Music Prize 2019.

She studied piano in her native Luxembourg with Michèle Ries, and in London with John Tilbury. In 2008, she received her doctorate in composition from Goldsmiths, University of London, supervised by Roger Redgate, for her research into Deleuzian theory in relation to mime opera, the cinema of David Lynch, and the Japanese art of Kabuki. This culminated with the groundbreaking music theatre work, MiE, which enjoyed a run of six sold out performances after its première.

Kontz can also be seen co-fronting avant-pop band French For Cartridge and is one half of experimental duo une cartouche. She likes bright colours, bold clashes, a bit of dissonance and looks to catch a few beautiful moments on her way.

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