“Just left of downstage center, one musician...Katherine Thomas, focusing the sound of the orchestra, fighting the tide, and delivering solo phrase after solo phrase with thoughtful integrity enough for a Brahms Concerto…Magnetically drawn to follow Ms. Thomas’ example, the strings presented unusual warmth and calm. Friday night, Ms. Thomas was in control, and her leadership transformed the performance.”
Astonishing audiences with her musical vitality, Katie Thomas brings incredible confidence, versatility, and artistry to her musical performances. Her work attracts both critical and professional praise, and reflects her adaptability as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestral leader. Ms. Thomas has collaborated with many prominent orchestras, including the Mimesis Ensemble, North Carolina Symphony, New York Concert Artist Symphony Orchestra, New York City Master Chorale, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Santo Domingo. She has worked with luminary conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Carlos Miguel Prieto, John Rutter, and Philippe Entremont.
Katie Thomas was born in Burlington, North Carolina. At the age of four, she began her studies on the violin and fondly recalls going to sleep at night to the sound of her father playing the piano. She continued her studies with Dorothy Kitchen at the age of 9 and at the age of 14, she won acceptance to the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with Sarah Johnson. She was recruited by Lucie Robert to study at the Manhattan School of Music where she attended on a merit scholarship and earned both Bachelors and Masters degrees. Her contributions while in school earned her the Hugo Kortschak Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chamber Music upon graduation.
Her solo appearances with orchestras include the Blue Ridge Symphony Orchestra, and I Solisti Chamber Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Vivaldi. She has given solo recitals on three continents and has performed in major halls al l around the world, including Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall, Allice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Château de Fontainebleau. Radio and broadcasts of her work have been aired and streamed live via Internet on the New York Times NPR Station WQXR.
In addition to Katie's violin career, she serves as Collection Specialist for Jonathan Solars Fine Violins, Inc. Her experience is invaluable in assessing the qualities of the instruments that come through Jonathan Solars Fine Violins, Inc. Her unique talents aid in the specific selection and set up of some of the world's most prized violins and her keen eye for technique assists in pairing instruments with the right players.
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