Australian Miniseries: For Tor (Kate Moore)


Kate Moore Composer
Tor Frømyhr Viola

For Tor will premiere online on 2 July 2021.

Kate Moore
Kate Moore, composer (Image: Johan Nieuwenhuize)

Kate Moore is an internationally acclaimed composer. Her works are performed by Asko|Schönberg, Bang on a Can, Icebreker, Slagwerk Den Haag, Ensemble Offspring, the Australian String Quartet, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Groot Omroepkoor, among others.

In 2017, Kate was awarded the prestigious Dutch composition award, The Matthijs Vermeulen Prize. In 2018/ 19, she was Zielsverwanten composer in residence at The Muziekgebouw aan ‘Ij with her band Herz Ensemble; in 2018 she was composer in focus at November Music.

Kate has been a recipient of a MacDowell Colony and Yaddo fellowship, a Tanglewood composition fellowship and Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. She has attended the 2007 Bang on a Can summer institute and the 2003 Appeldoorn Young Composer meeting with De Ereprijs Orkest, where she was a prize-winner. She was also awarded the 2001 Franco-Australian Composition competition which allowed her to be composer in residence at the Paris Conservatoire.

Kate holds a doctorate from the Sydney University Conservatorium of Music, a master’s from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague and an honours degree from the Australian National University, where she received the University Medal, majoring in composition and electroacoustic composition.

Tor Frømyhr holding viola
Tor Frømyhr, CSO Principal Viola and Concertmaster Emeritus (Image: Martin Ollman)

Tor Frømyhr is Head of Strings and Senior Lecturer in Performance (Strings) at the ANU School of Music. He has toured extensively nationally and internationally with chamber ensembles including Rialannah String Quartet, Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble, Queensland Piano Trio, Ensemble I, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Alpha Centauri Ensemble. Tor has performed as soloist, conductor and concertmaster with a number of Australian orchestras and conducted and performed in festivals throughout Australia, Scandinavia, USA, Germany, France, UK and Italy. Performances have included many world and Australian premieres including works of Larry Sitsky, Peter Sculthorpe, Henryk Górecki, Leanne Bear, Andrew Ford, Pēteris Vasks, Michael Smetanin, Colin Brumby, Richard Mills, Steve Reich and others. He continues an extensive performance and conducting career with regular appearances in chamber music, concerto and solo recitals throughout Australia.

Important orchestral positions include Associate Concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Principal Viola with both the Queensland Philharmonic and Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and 12 years as Concertmaster of the CSO. As one of Australia’s leading pedagogues of his generation, Tor’s extensive teaching experience has included Faculty of Saarburg International Summer School in Germany and positions at the Tasmanian Conservatorium, Melbourne University, University of Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium as well as the ANU School of Music.


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