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Katie Wolfe, Violin


Fanfare magazine said of violinist Katie Wolfe, "Her playing is simply mesmeric." Ms. Wolfe has an intriguing career mix as a soloist, recording artist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, and adjudicator.She has performed around the world, including the United States, Costa Rica, France, the Soviet Union,and many others. She also shares her passion for music as a teacher. She joined the string faculty of the University of Iowa in 2004 as Associate Professor of Violin.


Ms. Wolfe has recorded for Centaur Records, Albany Records, Newport Classics, and Kleos Classics. She is a founding member of the Matisse PianoTrio, formed in 2004 with fellow University of Iowa faculty pianist Ksenia Nosikova and cellist Anthony Arnone. With pianist and composer Ketty Nez of Boston University, Ms. Wolfe has been involved in the creation and performance of many newer works for violin and piano. The Wolfe/Nez Duo performs works written especially for them, as well as works written in the past twenty years and masterpieces of the 20th Century.


Ms. Wolfe received a B.M. in violin performance from Indiana University, where she was a student of Miriam Fried. She coached chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky and Janos Starker, among others. She earned an M.M. in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), studying violin with Sylvia Rosenberg and chamber music with Ani Kavafian and Peter Winograd of the American String Quartet. She received further training at a wide variety of summer festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Kneisel Hall, Musicorda, the Quartet Program,and a Solo Bach Seminar with Baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie.


After graduating from MSM, Ms. Wolfe received the prestigious Fulbright Lecture Award to teach and perform in Bolivia. She formed a string quartet that performed educational and public concerts throughout the country, taught at the National Conservatory, and served as Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony of Bolivia for one season.

Katie Wolfe is the one who makes everybody laugh. She will make the funny faces in rehearsal, but she is also an exquisitely beautiful violinist, who will play soaring high notes with a sound and meaning so beautiful that you may cry.