Heather Roche


Heather Roche was born in Canada and trained in England where she now lives. She completed her BMus in 2005 at the University of Victoria, Canada, studying under Patricia Kostek, and her MMus (Orchestral Training) in 2006 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying under Joy Farrall and Laurent Ben Slimane, in addition to conducting with Sian Edwards. Following her degree she completed residencies with the International Ensemble Modern Academy, at IMPULS in Graz, and with ensemble recherche in Freiburg, the Darmstadt Summer Courses 2008 and 2010, and the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Innsbruck, Austria.

Heather is a fervent advocate of collaboration, and her PhD research at the University of Huddersfield (under the supervision of Dr. Philip Thomas) explored the nature of dialogue within performer-composer relationships. She has given workshops in instrumental technique and/or iPad use in performance all over Europe. In 2014 she was awarded a DIVA (Danish International Visiting Artists Fellowship), and lived in Copenhagen for two months. Her website is host to one of the most widely read new music blogs on the internet with nearly 40,000 hits from around the world in 2014. In 2014 she also successfully crowdfunded her first composition competition: six young composers were selected from 270 applicants to receive a €1000 commission to write new pieces, premiered in 2016. In 2016 she became Reviews Editor for TEMPO.

She has performed at many major European festivals, including musikFest (Berlin), BachFest (Leipzig), Musica Nova (Helsinki), Acht Brücken (Cologne), the International Computer Music Conference (Huddersfield, Ljubljana) and the Agora Festival (Ircam, Paris). She has presented solo programmes at the Zagreb Music Biennale, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the New York Electroacoustic Symposium, at CIRMMT (Montreal), and with the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST). She has performed with musikFabrik (Cologne), ensemble Garage (Cologne), ensemble interface (Berlin), the Riot Ensemble (London) and ensemble proton (Bern). She is also a founding member of ensemble hand werk (Cologne). The next year sees hand werk performing in Munich, Lebanon, Croatia and the UK. She also plays regularly across the UK in a trio with Carla Rees (flutes) and Xenia Pestova (piano) and has recently formed an alliance with the accordionist Eva Zöllner.