Kate Dreyfuss, violinist

violinist and educator

 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 over 20 new works by emerging and established composers, and has completed residencies at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Stony Brook, and Duke Universities. In 2019, F-PLUS will attend the Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. 

Kate has performed with the ensemble Contemporaneous since 2014, and became a core member in 2015. She has appeared with Contemporaneous at the Bang on a Can Marathon, PROTOTYPE Festival, Bard Music Festival, and the Rite of Summer Festival. 

Outside of her work with her two ensembles, Kate has performed with such artists as Eugene Drucker, Larry Dutton, and Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet, cellist Colin Carr, the Kronos Quartet, and Sondra Radvanovsky, and with such ensembles as Hub New Music, ensemble newSRQ, and the Nouveau Classical Project. In 2016 she won 3rd prize in the Hellam Young Artists Competition in Springfield, MO, and was a finalist in the 2018 Stony Brook Concerto Competition.

Kate was a fellow at the 2018 Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, ME, where she performed with Peter Basquin, Linda Chesis, Kurt Muroki, and James Austin Smith. She has previously been a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA and 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. Previous teachers include Elizabeth Chang and Louise Behrend at the Pre-College division of The Juilliard School.

A passionate educator, Kate maintains a studio of undergraduate violinists at Stony Brook University as the Undergraduate Violin TA. She 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, and earned her Suzuki Book 1 certification under Christie Felsing at the Hartt Suzuki Institute in Hartford, CT.