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Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass - Graduate Recital
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall


Giacinto Scelsi: Mantram
H. W. Henze: S. Biagio 9 Agosto ore 1207
Aaron Cassidy: The Wreck of Former Boundaries
Juan Campoverde: Amores  *world premiere, featuring James Beauton, percussion
Wilfrido Terrazas: pequeño vikingo  **US premiere
Mark Dresser/Ed Harkins, arr. Schulmeister: House of Mirrors, featuring Alexandria Smith, trumpet


Click on image on the left for Ms. Schulmeister's biography.


Concert Program (PDF)


Described as “…turning [the double bass] into a writhing white-hot crucible.”, Kathryn Schulmeister brings radiant energy and rigorous expression to her performance of musical repertoire ranging from classical to experimental. With a fearless curiosity for collaborative environments, Kathryn actively seeks opportunities to integrate improvisation, movement and theater into her musical performance. Kathryn’s charisma and boundless enthusiasm for pushing the boundaries of the artistic potential of her instrument have led her to thrive as an active performer in festivals and venues around the world.  

As one of the newest members of the renowned ELISION ensemble (Australia), Kathryn will perform in Taiwan, Cambridge (MA), Buffalo (NY), and Melbourne in 2019. Other current engagements include performances with Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago), and Fonema Consort (Chicago). In May 2019, Kathryn will perform original compositions with her duo project a&k at John Zorn’s famed venue for experimental music, The Stone (NYC). 

As a captivating soloist, Kathryn has brought exciting new works for the double bass to life in international festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), the soundSCAPE festival (Italy), the Foro de Música Nueva (Mexico City), Festival Vertice (Mexico City), among others. In April 2018 Kathryn recorded composer Aaron Cassidy’s new work for solo double bass ‘The wreck of former boundaries’ which will be released in 2020. In March 2017, Kathryn performed a 6-city tour of Switzerland and Luxembourg with the Lucerne Festival Young Performance Ensemble, performing an experimental theater work incorporating dance, theater, and various styles of contemporary and classical music. Equally passionate and experienced as an orchestral musician, Kathryn served as a core member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra for three consecutive seasons from 2014-2017, and has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, the California Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Lyric Opera, the Maui Chamber Orchestra, and Hawaii Opera Theater. 

Kathryn is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego, studying with internationally renowned bassist/improviser/composer Mark Dresser. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and completed her Master of Music degree at McGill University in Montréal. Her primary teachers have included Todd Seeber (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Ali Yazdanfar (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal). Since the start of her musical career, Kathryn has been recognized for her achievements on numerous occasions including winning a project grant from New Music USA and successfully receiving McGill’s Austrian Society Scholarship grant to pursue individual study of contemporary music in Vienna. 


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