Rituals of Heartland, commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of Cybec Composers Project, to be premiered in Melbourne on February 21, 2018
Stolen Memories, commissioned by Emma Di Marco, to be premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in March 2018
I Threw a Shoe at a Cat, dedicated to Peter Luff, to be premiered in March 2018
Bad Neighbours will receive its North American premiere at Louisiana State University on February 27, 2018
Trio for clarinet, violin and piano, commissioned by PLEXUS, to be premiered in Melbourne on June 19, 2018
Vivid Dreams, commissioned by Denise Tryon, to be premiered in May 2018
Catherine Likhuta and Emma Di Marco will perform a recital of Catherine's works featuring saxophone at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia in July 2018
A new version of Let the Darkness Out, concerto for alto saxophone and wind band, to be premiered by Michael Duke and Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony (John Lynch, conductor) in May 2019
It Comes and Goes to appear on Western Brass Quintet's new CD release in late 2018
Hard to Argue for saxophone quartet featured on Barega Quartet's album release Abandon Control (Bandcamp)
Secrets of Water for alto saxophone and piano appeared on HD Duo's CD release The Mexican Connection (Cala Records)
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, Orchestra of the National Radio of Ukraine, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). 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.