Kate Ryder - Pianist


Kate’s wide ranging experience as a pianist encompasses solo work, improvisation 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 for her by composers in the UK and abroad.

She was appointed Creativeworks Entrepreneur in Residence at Kingston University 2014 enabling her to continue her research into the development of  a “super-piano” by employing midi devices and extended techniques.

She has a particular interest in working with unusual keyboard instruments  including the MRP, Toy pianos, and the  Prepared piano, commissioning new repertoire,  performing, recording and giving workshops on these unique instruments. 

Kate has co - founded several ensembles combining the prepared piano

with other instruments including the Harpsichord,  Dan Tranh  (Vietnamese zither) and sonic art based in Sweden, and has held several international residencies including Visiting Artist at UC Berkeley (with Keynote +), Brunel University (with Pianocircus) University of Bogotà, and Goldsmiths, University of London. She has toured widely, taking 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.

As an improviser, she works in a variety of contexts, and with a range of artists including Nguyen Than Thuy (Dan Tranh) Alice Eldridge( Feedback Cello),  Roger Redgate (electric violin &Fx)   Recent collaborations include artist, photographer and violinist Tansy Spinks , and dancer and theatre practitioner Robert Vesty for New Pathways Festival  @ Middlesex University.

She is a visiting artist and educator and is on the staff  at Kingston and Middlesex universities.

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