Catherine Kontz (b. 1976) is a London-based composer whose works explore nonlinear form, visual/spatial elements, and musical theatricality.
Recent premieres include Fruitmarket for BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Die Regenmacher for ensemble recherche and Il Floridoro for vocal ensemble Exaudi at Rainy Days/Philharmonie Luxembourg, 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.
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.
Catherine Kontz/Sarah Grange Fleet Footing Now For Norbert Records (DD) 2018
Catherine Kontz Tea Break For Juliet Now For Norbert Records (DD) 2017
Catherine Kontz Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit as part of Orgelbüchlein (CD) 2016
Catherine Kontz Canvas (featuring T-Tree and Cahiers Trouvés) – (3”CD) engraved glass label 2009
Catherine Kontz – MiE (mime opera 75 min ) (DVD) 2007
Cartridge – Cases (CD) Cartridge Music 2005
French For Cartridge – Oooh! Picture Negative (7”) Dinner With Daisy Records 2009
French For Cartridge Liquorice (CD)(LP)(DD) Dinner With Daisy Records 2010
French For Cartridge – We Humans (CD) (DD) Dinner With Daisy Records 2013
French For Cartridge – Kids EP (DD) Dinner With Daisy Records 2013
French For Cartridge – Piff Paff Pow/Boxes (7”) Dinner With Daisy Records 2013
French For Cartridge – The Golden Hour (DD) Dinner With Daisy Records 2016
Woodchuck ‘Crash Positions’ single 2002 (Bedroom Emperor Records)
Icons of Elegance ‘Through the Broken Window’ (Rubato Music 2006)
Icons of Elegance ‘It’s Gold’ single (Rubato Music)
Icons of Elegance ‘Ether Talk’ (Aah Records 2004)
– In Your Father’s Care published as part of Choral Anthology Sleep, Holy Babe – Lullabies for Christmas (Shorter House, London) – 2010. Also available on its own.
– Papillon published as part of the Choral Anthology “Body of Songs” by Faber Music 2014
– Cocktail Hour published as part of CoMA’s Partsongs by CoMA 2018 ISMN: 979-0-9002363-1-9