Freelance – Period and modern viola; 2013 AWO Academy Player
Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Sydney
Education: University of Queensland; Australian National Academy of Music
Katie grew up playing the violin and piano in her hometown of Brisbane. Shortly before starting her Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland (UQ), she fell in love with the viola and has never looked back since! Katie studied with Patricia Pollett at UQ, graduating with Honours and a University Medal. She then spent three years studying at the Australian National Academy of Music under Caroline Henbest and Christopher Moore.
Katie was selected as the AWO Academy Player in 2013 and has since returned to play with the AWO as a professional musician in 2015 (Australia and India), 2016 (Australia and Singapore), 2017 and 2018 (Australia and India).
Katie likes to keep her musical life varied – apart from playing with the Chrysalis Trio, she is part of early music chamber groups Ironwood Ensemble and The Muses’ Delight, and joined the Australian String Quartet in 2016 in programs of quintets and sextets. Orchestrally, she plays with ensembles including the Australian World Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She loves to teach as well, and spent six months in 2017 at the University of Queensland, as Guest Head of Viola.
In April 2019 Katie toured NSW and VIC with The Muses’ Delight, and was listed as a Freedman Classical Fellowship finalist in September.
She also plays Scottish, Irish and Canadian folk music. In her spare time, Katie likes to explore a wide range of musical contexts, including busking, improvising, teaching and community music. She has a chronic sweet tooth, and firmly believes that it is always the right time to eat chocolate!
Last updated 2018