Kate Hamilton joins us for the 2019 Season as our Viola Mentor.
She serves as Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), has been described by critics as displaying “hot viola playing, she uses her bow to draw out a rich stew of colors….. and has a sound like liquid gold” (Minnesota Public Radio, 2015). In demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, she also holds the title of International Artist of Viola at the University of Chile (Santiago). Recently, she has been heard as soloist with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra (China), Central Oregon Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of San Jose (Costa Rica), Cartago Symphony (Costa Rica), Vale Veneto Festival Orchestra (Brazil) and the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Her recent solo recitals have been heard in Beijing, Paris, Italy, Costa Rica, Brazil and throughout the USA. Her 2011 recording of Tedesco’s Sarabande for Viola and Cello for Soundset Records received high praises from Fanfare Magazine.
A committed teacher, she has been Artist-in-Residence and violist of the Esterhazy String Quartet at the University of Missouri and Associate Professor of Viola at Illinois State University. From 2006-2008, she was guest lecturer at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Co-President of the String Teachers Association of New Zealand.
Kate began playing the viola at eight years of age in the public schools of Buffalo, New York. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory, and was a full scholarship student at the Aspen Festival of Music. She studied with Karen Tuttle and Jeffrey Irvine. For more information go to katehamiltonviolist.com.