Kate Ryder - Pianist


Kate Ryder’s wide ranging experience as a pianist encompasses solo work and collaborations with leading performers and ensembles in dance, electronics and theatre where she has established herself as a versatile and original performer. She has had many works created especially for her by composers in the UK and abroad.

She has a particular interest in working with extended techniques and unusual keyboard instruments - toy pianos, antique keyboards and prepared piano -incorporating them into her work through commissioning, performing, recording and giving workshops on these unique instruments. She has co-founded several ensembles with instrumentalists and sonic artists where her performances have been described in the press as “virtuosic” and “magical”

She is currently Creativeworks Entrepreneur in Residence at Kingston University, developing projects using new technologies and extended techniques, and has previously held several prestigious residencies including Visiting Artist at UC Berkeley (with harpsichordist Jane Chapman), Brunel University, University of Bogotà, and Goldsmiths, University of London.  She recently took her projects - and instruments - to festivals in Australia, Scandinavia and Russia and has curated events at London’s South Bank Centre for their Massed Piano weekend, and for the Cornelius Cardew Festival.

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