Kate Arndt, violin
Violinist Katherine Arndt, from Boston, Massachusetts is a full-time student at Yale School of Music, where she is pursuing her Masters of Music, studying with Ani Kavafian. She recently graduated from New England Conservatory of Music under teacher Miriam Fried. Past teachers have included Yuri Mazurkevich and Kelly Barr through New England Conservatory Prep School, and Lynn Basila. Kate has performed as a featured soloist with several orchestras, at venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Kate has also performed in several masterclasses, including a masterclass with Midori, sponsored by Boston’s Celebrity Series as well performing for the Juilliard Quartet and the Takacs Quartet. In addition to her performances in the United States, Kate has been recently active in Europe, including her participation at the IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses in Cornwall, UK, this past April. There she studied with professors Philippe Graffin and Andras Keller. In the spring of 2017, she was chosen as an active participant in the Kronberg Master Classes and Concerts in Kronberg, Germany, studying with Ana Chumachenco.
Kate is also an avid chamber musician and her former group, the Isolde Quartet, was featured on NPR’s From the Top in October 2015 for the 15th anniversary taping in Jordan Hall. The group also received an honorable mention at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition held in May 2015. She has attended the Winter Workshop at East Carolina University, where she collaborated with world-class musicians such as Robert McDonald, Ida Kavafian, Colin Carr, Misha Amory, Hye-Jin Kim and Ara Gregorian. In March of 2016, she was selected to perform as a guest artist with the Borromeo String Quartet as winner of their annual chamber music competition.
Kate has attended several prestigious summer music programs, including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, performing with David Schifrin and Frank Morelli, the Taos School of Music, where she worked with the Shanghai, Miro, Brentano and Borromeo string quartets, the Perlman Music Program, studying with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, Li Lin and Merry Peckham, Heifetz International Music Institute, Yellow Barn Young Artists’ Program and at Greenwood Music Camp. Past summer teachers have included David Cerone, Ani Kavafian, Alex Kerr, Philip Setzer and Mihaela Martin. In the 2018 summer season, she will be participating in Music at Menlo, in Menlo Park, California, as well as the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida.
Also passionate about education and community service, during 2012-2013, she participated in From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, a yearlong program of service and music leadership, where her team worked with first grade students taking part in the MusiConnects program at an inner city school in Mattapan, MA, inspiring them and teaching them music. She currently teaches as part of the Music in Schools Initiative at Yale University.