Photo by Brittany Faith Photography

Photo by Brittany Faith Photography

New York-based violinist Kate Dreyfuss is a versatile performer of classical and contemporary repertoire, an experienced arts administrator, and an avid teacher.

She is a founding member of F-PLUS, a violin-clarinet-percussion trio based in Chicago and New York that is committed to collaborating with composers to establish a repertoire for their unique instrumentation. Since its inception in 2016, F-PLUS has commissioned works by Dylan Mattingly, Anna Meadors, and Nathan Hudson, toured the Chicago and New York areas, completed a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and performed at ClarinetFest 2017 in Orlando, FL. A tour of Michigan is planned for September 2017.

Kate has performed with the ensemble Contemporaneous since 2014, and became a core member in 2015. Notable performances with the group include the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon (which the New York Times deemed a "ferocious, focused performance"), the world premiere of Sila: The Breath of the World by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, shows at National Sawdust with Jherek Bischoff, Lukas Ligeti, and Finnegan Shanahan, programs at the Bard Music Festival in 2015 and 2016, and the 2017 Rite of Summer Festival.

Outside of her work with her two ensembles, Kate has performed with such artists as Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet, cellist Colin Carr, the Kronos Quartet, and Sondra Radvanovsky, and with such ensembles as the Nouveau Classical Project, LoftOpera, and the Aeon Music Ensemble. In 2016 she won 3rd prize in the Hellam Young Artists Competition in Springfield, MO.

Kate was one of 43 fellows selected to attend the 2016 Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA. She was also a featured artist at the second annual Festival Internacional de Música Académica Contemporánea in Cuenca, Ecuador, where she played a solo recital, taught masterclasses and private lessons, and performed in outreach concerts at local schools.

Kate is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Violin Performance at Stony Brook University, where she is a student of Jennifer Frautschi and Arnaud Sussmann. She completed her Master of Music degree at Stony Brook in May 2017, and previously earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French, with honors, from Princeton University in 2014. 

In addition to her work as a performer, Kate has ample experience in arts administration, particularly in public relations. She has held positions at Contemporaneous (Publicity Manager), Bucklesweet Media (Public Relations Assistant), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (Public Relations Intern for the Mostly Mozart Festival), (le) poisson rouge (Marketing Intern), and the Princeton University Orchestra (Co-President and Publicity Co-Chair).

A passionate educator, Kate earned her Suzuki Book 1 certification under Christie Felsing at the Hartt Suzuki Institute in Hartford, CT, and has served on the violin faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, NY, and the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival in Cedar Rapids, IA.