Bio

In 2013, after almost 10 years, Kate Read returned to Newfoundland and rejoined the Atlantic String Quartet (winners of MusicNL Classical Musicians of the year, 2021) and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra as Principal Violist, where she had already played for 3 seasons between 2001 and 2004. Kate is also the violist of Dark by Five, resident ensemble at Gros Morne Summer Music, and Principal Violist of Opera on the Avalon.

In 2005 Kate won a position with the internationally renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra, London, England, where she was a member of the viola section for 6 years. During her time in London she also regularly played with the distinguished Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra of London. As a member of the Elgin String Trio, with fellow BBC colleagues, Kate never strayed far away from opportunities to play chamber music. In 2011 the draw of chamber music combined with the lure of astonishing natural surroundings led Kate to the north of Norway to play with chamber group MiNensemblet, with whom Kate performed throughout that country as well as touring internationally.

From a contemporary music festival in St Petersburg; to Vadsø, a small town on the border of Norway, Finland and Russia; to Shanghai; to the Riddu Riddu Festival in Kåfjord; to a concert in the new Arctic Cathedral in Alta, Kate got to experience a huge variety of venues.

Kate has long been active in multimedia productions, in the various roles of performer, producer, commissioner and visual designer. Co-founder and co-producer of multimedia Ensemble Meduse (2004-2008), Kate has also collaborated in productions with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Sound Symposium (NL), Memorial University (NL), Arkora (Canada), Bodø Sinfonietta (Norway) and Opera North (UK). Kate recently co-founded the Harbourlight Quartet with colleagues in St John’s who have collaborations planned with visual artist Marlene Creates and composer Duane Andrews. Kate is currently working on an improvisation project with Michelle Lacour, musician and sound engineer based in St. John’s.

Kate has been recorded by CBC radio for Two New Hours and Musicraft. She appears on numerous recordings with orchestras in the UK  for top record labels, and the BBC. In high demand as a session musician, Kate has performed for the sound track for Audience of Chairs (2018), Duane Andrews’ Heart of the Eastern Passage (2020), re:Naissance Opera’s The Apocrypha Chronicles (2020) and Alan Klaus’ upcoming trumpet CD (2021). The Atlantic String Quartet released their award winning CD in July, 2020.

Kate appears regularly at festivals including Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, Gros Morne Summer Music, Sound Symposium and the BBC Proms. Favourite memories of Sound Symposium include playing the ice breaker on the coast guard ship for the Harbour Symphony, Meduse’s debut concert, and an improv session with John Wyre, Bill Brennan and Paul Bendzsa.