Kate Hamilton
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Kate Hamilton, M.M.

Viola, Associate Professor, String Area



Kate Hamilton, violist, is described by Minnesota Public Radio as “hot viola playing, she uses her bow to draw out a rich stew of colors...and has a sound like liquid gold”.

She enjoys an international career as Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Nevada—Las Vegas and serves as Co-Director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Joao Pessoa, Brazil. Recent engagements include repeated invitations to perform in the viola section of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany) under Sir Simon Rattle and Bernard Haitink; as well as soloist with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra (China), Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Central Oregon Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of San Jose (Costa Rica). A sought-after educator, Kate has given masterclasses at the conservatories of Sydney, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Milan, Vivaldi (Italy), and the Steinhardt School of Music at New York University.

Kate has won positions in the San Diego and Guiyang Symphony Orchestra as well as invited guest principal of the Bodø Chamber Orchestra in Norway.

Previous faculty positions include artist in residence at the University of Missouri Columbia; associate professor of viola at Illinois State University; and visiting professor at Baylor University and the University of Otago (New Zealand).

Kate is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory, and she studied with legendary teachers Jeffrey Irvine and Karen Tuttle.