Kate Withrow — Violin
Kate Withrow began her studies with the violin at the age of five in Austin, Texas. She was first trained in the Suzuki Method and then progressed under the guidance of Leonard Posner, winning the 1999 Pearl Amster Young Artist Competition. She then continued her studies with Andrzej Grabiec at the University of Houston and Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University. Ms. Withrow has given many solo and chamber performances in festivals throughout the country and abroad including the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Orford Centre for the Arts in Quebec, and the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Austria. After the completion of a Performer’s Diploma at Indiana University, she was selected to be a regular member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for the 2006-2007 season. That same year, she won a position in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Withrow has always had a great passion for teaching and considers education to be one of the most important elements of her role as a musician. In addition to frequently working with students in the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras, she is on faculty at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts, the Young Artist Academy, and also teaches violin lessons in her home studio in New Orleans.
In addition to performing regularly with Musaica, Molto and the New Resonance Orchestra in New Orleans, Ms. Withrow is also involved with many non-classical collaborations. She has been featured for her work with the Indiana-based band Basilica in the webzine “Grinding the Apparatus.” The band, which incorporates grindcore idioms with classical composition technique, has performed in numerous venues from Chicago to New York. In 2011, she performed alongside David Reis in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with the James Booker Piano Tribute.