Lisa Moore - musical extract

"Lisa Moore, an Australian pianist long based in and around New York, has always been a natural, compelling storyteller"
(The New York Times)

The Lisa Moore Trio

"the wonderfully lyrical pianist"
(TimeOut NewYork June 3 ‘15)

"the fiercely poised pianist"
(The New York Times June 5 ‘15)

"New York’s queen of avant-garde piano"
(The New Yorker)

"Ms. Moore offered a beautiful performance...with the meditative lucidity that is the hallmark of her playing"
(The New York Times)

"The brilliant and searching Lisa Moore"
(The New York Times)

"Gotham’s go-to pianists for new music...for me, Lisa Moore...serves as éminence grise"
June 26, 2015 (The New Yorker)


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Described by the New York Times as "lustrous at the keyboard, and at once engaging and challenging", pianist Lisa Moore has moved audiences across the globe with her powerful and sensitive performances.

“delicacy mingles with brusqueness...
Lisa Moore's energy was illuminating...”
The New York Times Nov 06

"Moore creates here a one-woman opera which is thrilling both for its drama and dazzling pianism"
The Sydney Morning Herald, Jan 2004

Look and listen to Lisa Moore in action on youtube

hot off the press

Check out this beautiful NYT Magazine video...using Lisa's backing track from Mad Rush

The New York Times review for ‘Mad Rush’
“This album of piano works by Philip Glass has more life and freshness than the composer’s own recordings, themselves still vital. When “Mad Rush” begins to teem, Ms. Moore’s playing seems to escape the shackles of Glass’s processes. In the shifting chords of “Closing,” lines sing as if in Baroque counterpoint, with a fragility and tenderness that recalls Strauss. The five tableaux of “Metamorphosis,” and an arrangement of the end of “Satyagraha,” are scarcely less diaphanous. (David Allen, New York Times)

Gramophone Review for Lisa’s Mad Rush CD!
“Too many Glass recordings? Moore’s disc more than argues its case for inclusion”

Music Trust review "If you're a Glass fan, this is a must" (Michael Hannan, The Music Trust)

Enjoy Lisa’s latest new solo disc "Mad Rush" on Orange Mountain Music

A Mad Rush review! “Her piano playing is typically crisp and clear, its power coming directly from the score. This isn’t to say that she eschews interpretation and expression. On the contrary, she has been responsible for some of the most emotionally stirring piano recitals I’ve ever heard. But, with Moore, fidelity to the score is paramount, and here, in her Glass recordings, the music is presented in sleek, pristine performances that let the notes do the talking”
Inside Story - Andrew Ford

New disc on Starkland: "Prayers Remain Forever"
music by Martin Bresnick
"Ishi’s Song for a sometimes-singing pianist, a joyous and spiritual piece, played beautifully here by Lisa Moore."
(New York Times, Feb 4, ‘15 - Tommasini)

Lisa made it - she is "New Music Performer of the week" on this blog:

The new Cantaloupe Stainless Staining EP is on Heavy Rotation on NPR Top 5 list. Check it out.
"In the end [Stainless Staining] is 15 minutes of very rhythmic, patterned, richly overtoned music. Lisa Moore plays her role perfectly and the music buzzes and swings its way through your head with irresistible drive and elan. It's a disk that will be finding its way onto my player many times in the future I am sure. In its own way it has a perfection. It is a kind of heaven! Would you require more than that?"
(Gapplegate Classical Music)

"Dispensing with fireworks in five selections from Schumann’s “Waldszenen,” Ms. Moore phrased with a breathlike lyricism in the introduction and finale; between those points she showed her capacity for illuminating character, most vividly in a haughty, preening 'Vogel als Prophet'..."
Steve Smith (The New York Times) April 2011

Lisa made a funny cameo appearance and plays in "Untitled" the movie, starring Adam Goldberg. Music by David Lang, Chopin and Greig.

Solo discs out there!


"A bravura recording of works by Rzewski, Moore offers remarkable take on 'De Profundis',
it sounds as revelatory as ever in pianist Lisa Moore's brilliant new recording"
(Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, June 2003)

“Gosfield's Overvoltage Rumble was a serious art-rock gas, and a veritable concerto for keyboardist Lisa Moore,
who drew upon a sampled vocabulary of sampled analog-synth smudges, smears and blurts.”
(TimeOut NY, Steve Smith blog, 2/06)


available now (amazon, cantaloupe and itunes)
Bresnick's "For The Sexes:The Gates of Paradise" DVD


Lisa Moore has dedicated her life to creating a new way to experience the piano. Combining powerful technique with vivid theatricality, her solo concerts are more than ordinary piano recitals. Texts, songs, whistles and screams mix with virtuosic cascades of pianistic brilliance, creating forceful thematic programmes, focusing on a single composer or idea.
Equally at home in the masterworks of the past and present music, many of the works she performs have been written especially for her. Through her vast experience working with living composers she has developed a unique and unforgettable piano repertoire.


"…my childhood was spent in the leafy suburbs of Canberra, Australia. I remember long afternoons stretched out on the carpet, head by the speakers, listening to Peter and the Wolf, the Grieg Piano Concerto, the latest Beatles singles and my parent’s large collection of 78‘s--songs by Eartha Kitt, Smacker Fitzgibbon and Rose Murphy. Teenage years were partly spent lying under the stars in outdoor concerts hearing local bands like Skyhooks and Midnight Oil. The rest of the time I was acting in youth and school theater, being Snow White and Oliver Twist and generally blowing off school. But for as long as I can remember the piano has been a part of my life, and for many years the violin too.

My mother played Schumann, my grandmother played Schubert. There was always a piano around. As a Sydney conservatory student I met real living composers and I threw myself into the exciting world of premieres and new creations. New music deepened my empathy for the classical repertoire. Approached from a fresh perspective the classics suddenly sounded “avant-garde”. I moved overseas to study in the cornfields of Illinois and found myself surrounded by a huge new music and jazz scene. Long story short, 5 years later, after putting time in up-state NY and Paris, I moved to New York City-over 23 years ago.

I’ve met and played with so many diverse, first-rate musicians. Composers have written heaps and heaps of notes for me and I try to play them, with clarity, gusto and conviction. I’ve performed and recorded old, new and unusual music all over the world with many kinds of musicians in different venues. I’ve played in the pit with the ballet, in the back with the percussion, out front in concertos and on stage in the theater. I’ve played on renowned stages, on boats, in ancient caves and smelly dives and under umbrellas. Music gives me freedom from the conventional and a safe place to take risks."


You are listening to an excerpt from the second movement of the Lou Harrison piano concerto
- equal temperament tuning

Lisa Moore performing Don Byron's Piano Etude no.4


Available Programs

Night on Piano    •     Ludwig and Robert    •     Night on Earth   

Frederic Two    •     The Keys to Invention    •     Lisa Moore and Percussion   

ipiano: keys to my brilliant career    •     The Totally Wired Piano    •     Wilde's World

Musically Speaking    •    Bresnick's Blake & Ligeti's Legacy

Eastern Roots: Western Music    •    From the Street: Leos Janacek 

Russian Rituals    •    Purple Black and Blues

Ozmosis    •    Amercian Rites


In USA represented by
Commonmuse Music
455 West 34th St, suite 3B,
New York, NY 10001
1-212-643 2827

Lisa Moore is a Steinway Artist