Violinist Katherine Williamson has been an arts partner of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Rockefeller String Quartet since October of 2013. To date, her most exciting Arkansas experience has been getting to play Vivaldi's "Spring" as violin soloist with the ASO under the direction of Philip Mann. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Williamson is also currently a substitute violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra and spent the summer of 2015 playing in Minneapolis as part of the Mill City Summer Opera Orchestra.
Music has taken Ms. Williamson from the rolling hills of the Meadowmount School of Music in New York, to the mountains of Breckenridge, to the stage of the Konzerthaus in Berlin. She has served as associate concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra, section violin of the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, and section violin of the Lakes Area Music Festival. She has also been an associate member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and has played as a semifinalist with the New World Symphony.
Williamson has always been particularly drawn to the string quartet. She had her first chamber music experience playing Beethoven's String Quartet Op.18 No.1 when she was 13 while playing the viola, which she still plays in addition to the violin. Notable coaches include Alex Kerr, Jan Vogler, Charles Castleman, John Corigliano, Ik-Hwan Bae, Jorja Fleezanis and members of the Guarneri, Pacifica, Pro Arte, and Artaria String Quartets.
Katherine graduated from Indiana University in December of 2012 where she received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction under the instruction of Professor Mark Kaplan. While at IU, she also studied pedagogy under Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig. Williamson maintains a private teaching studio in Little Rock in addition to teaching at the Community School of the Arts at UCA in Conway.
One of Katherine's most powerful musical experiences so far has been playing Bruckner's Fourth Symphony alongside her parents and other musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra in the spring of 2013 under the direction of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.