Kate Hamilton is the newly appointed Assitant Professor of Viola at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada. Recent highlights include soloist with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra in China, Central Oregon Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of San Jose and Cartago Symphony in Costa Rica, the Concordia College Orchestra, and the Vale Veneto Festival Orchestra of Brazil. Her recent solo recitals have been heard in China, Italy, France, Costa Rica, throughout the US and broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and KBAQ (Phoenix, Arizona). Her 2011 recording of Tedesco’s Sarabande for Viola and Cello for Soundset Records received high praises from Fanfare Magazine. Her commitment to record new and lesser known literature for viola can be heard on Pacific Records and Vienna Modern Masters.
A committed teacher, Kate is Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also has served as 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. Recent master classes include the National Conservatory of Argentina, University of Paraiba and Carlos Gomes Conservatory of Brazil, University of Costa Rica, Boccherini and Vivaldi Conservatories of Italy, Canterbury School of Music [United Kingdom], New Zealand School of Music, University of Georgia, University of Arizona, University of Louisiana, and the University of Kentucky. Her students have been accepted into viola programs at the Oberlin Conservatory, Juilliard School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory and the Marlboro Music Festival.
Active in charitable work, Ms. Hamilton has been a guest teacher at the Lugano String Project in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 2001-2006, she was the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to fund a string program that offered low-cost lessons to young children in rural areas of central Illinois. As a result of this highly successful program, she was awarded the 2002 Faculty Research Award from Illinois State University.
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.