Featured Collaborator: Catherine Likhuta

Image by  Hayden Shepherd Photography

Catherine Likhuta is an Australian-based composer, pianist and recording artist. Her music exhibits high emotional charge, programmatic nature and rhythmic complexity. Catherine's works have been played throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, as well as in Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Her music has enjoyed performances by many prominent soloists (such as Trish O'Brien, Paul Dean, Peter Luff, Brent Miller, Adam Unsworth, Griffin Campbell, Ronald Caravan and Emma Di Marco), chamber ensembles (such as HD Duo, Horn Hounds, Barega Saxophone Quartet, Collusion, Western Brass Quintet, Atlantic Brass Quintet, Best of Brass, U.S. Army Field Band Horns and Queensland Symphony Orchestra Horns) and large ensembles (such as The Australian Voices, University of Georgia Hodgson Singers, Cornell University Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony, Queensland Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra of the National Radio of Ukraine). Catherine’s pieces have been played at several international events, including three International Horn Symposiums and World Saxophone Congress. In recent years, she was the winner of the International Horn Society Composition Contest (virtuoso division) and the recipient of several awards, including two grants from the Australia Council for the Arts. Her music can be heard on Cala, Albany and Equilibrium Records. 

Catherine holds a Bachelor's degree in jazz piano from Kyiv Glière Music College and a five-year post-graduate degree in composition from the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (Kyiv Conservatory). She is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at the University of Queensland. She has delivered presentations on her work at a number of institutions, including Queensland Conservatorium, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Arizona State University, Syracuse University, Butler University and Bowling Green State University. 

Catherine enjoys performing as a pianist, often playing her own music. She was the soloist on the premiere of Out Loud, her piano concerto commissioned by the Cornell University Wind Ensemble, and the pianist on Adam Unsworth’s CD Snapshots. On a recent joint tour with Adam Unsworth, Catherine gave recitals at Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and Temple University.

For further information, please visit catherinelikhuta.com

PLEXUS gave the world premiere of Catherine Likhuta's newly commissioned work in PLEXUS: Parallel on Tuesday 25th September 2018 at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon.