Kate is a world-renowned, award-winning violinist. With her incredible talent for playing her extraordinary violins, Kate can elevate any function (private or public) to an ethereal experience.
Whether she is performing at a Wedding, Charity Ball, or any Private or Corporate Event, Kate can create an ideal ambience. Her audiences have been enraptured with her unique musical fusions.
She plays everything from acoustic classical sets that subtly entrance, to electric pop favourites that can move even those unaccustomed to dance.
“A technically gifted violinist, Kate played with a passion and style that left the audience spell bound.” –Review, Featherstone Male Voice Choir Patron’s concert, June 2012
It all began when six-year old Kate received a present from her parents: her first violin. This simple gift, combined with the music of Singaporean/British violin player, Vanessa Mae, would become the catalysts for Kate to dedicate her life to becoming a virtuoso of the violin. At the age of twelve she received a classical violin by Polish craftsman Luther Irena Kozak (Sobecka)—an extraordinary, heart-felt gift willed from her late, loving father.
Kate’s confidence and skill blossomed during thirteen years of studying at the Comprehensive National Specialist School of Music (ZPSM) in Koszalin, Poland. Years of steadfast practice propelled her from Poland to the University of Leeds, where her prowess was acknowledged with several competitive scholarships, including the Toothill Performance Award and the Blanche L Leigh Award (twice).
At Leeds, she earned a BA Mus (2:1) and performed as co-leader of the first violin section of the University’s Philharmonic Orchestra. During her first year, she significantly broadened her range. She became acquainted with more popular and world music styles by participating in Cuban Band, Charanga Del Norte, led by Dr. Sue Miller (with whom she later teamed to record the album “Look Back in Charanga”). Likewise, she nurtured her firm Classical roots, as she was engaged as a soloist at an orchestral concert given by the Leeds Haydn Players, performing the Haydn Violin concerto in G major.
Finally, Kate moved on to Manchester—where she achieved her Master’s in Solo Violin Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. Kate has been mentored and influenced by some of the most gifted violinists of our time:
• Leland Chen, a pupil of Yehudi Menuhin & Yehudi Menuhin Competition Winner. • Miranda Playfair, co-leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and member of Joshua Bell of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Orchestra. • Raimondo Koço, First Violin player at Opera North. • Prof Lukas David of Cologne. • Mieczyslaw Szlezer of Krakow.
Kate has taken her intensive technical training to lofty heights: performing across the globe, recording beautiful studio albums, and playing live on radio and television. She is now an experienced, acclaimed violinist. What’s more, she is an innovative and versatile musician. Adeptly, she accompanies full orchestras or small groups; and of course she shines as a stand out solo artist—all in a melody of musical styles. Kate considers every event she plays completely unique. She adjusts her repertoire of styles to suit each audience —whatever their age, mood, or musical taste. Soothing solos to help everyone unwind. Or accompanying a DJ, band, or orchestra with electric notes to make the crowd come alive. Unbelievably, all from the top of her head—she’s not limited to using sheet music.
“A great blend of classical music delivered with the contemporary twist that today's listener wants to hear, Kate's music is a welcome addition to any style of event/party.” -Colin Hill, Aspire Leeds
To complement the craft of such an accomplished performer, the highest quality instruments are essential. Kate’s violins are like extensions of herself. She has been said to be “as one” with her Sobecka’s classical acoustic violin. To watch her swaying with her crystal-clear electric violin (masterly crafted by Ted Brewer, winner of the highly-coveted Music Industries Association award) is utterly mesmerising. With these instruments at her helm, she can adapt her performance to suit any venue and event.
“Kate appeared with the Choir at a Concert in Silkstone Parish Church and "wowed" the audience with her choice of music and her versatility. We would strongly recommend her to anyone wanting a highly talented and professional violinist.” -Ian Pasley, Secretary, Worrall Male Voice Choir
Kate is a young, ascending star who has already recorded two critically-acclaimed studio albums. Her artistry has inspired other artists: dancers, skaters, actors and poets have used tracks from Kate’s arrangements as background music for their own performances. Kate’s debut album, “The Violinist” (2009) sold over 5,000 copies worldwide. Her second album, “My Classical Interpretations” (2012), sol 10,000 copies worldwide.
This repertoire is only a selection of the pieces that Kate can perform, and she is also happy to prepare and perform requests. Please also note that Kate never performs with sheet music – she has memorised each and every piece in her repertoire. A full Christmas Repertoire is also available.
Electric Remixed Tracks: Contradanza - Vanessa Mae Toccata and Fugue - Vanessa Mae Libertango - Piazzolla Storm - Vanessa Mae Palladio - Escala Night Flight - Vanessa Mae Conquest of Paradise - Vangelis Destiny - Vanessa Mae Rule the World - Take That Requiem for a Dream (Lux Aterna) - Mansell Lambada - Kaoma Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles Bond Theme - Remix Canon in D - Pachelbel Wonderwall - Oasis Por Una Cabeza - Gardel Feeling Good - Escala
Popular: Adele - Make You Feel My Love Armstrong - La Vie en Rose Armstrong - What a Wonderful World Aznavour - She Barry - You Only Live Twice Beyonce - Halo Blunt - You’re Beautiful Carey - Whenever You call Cassidy - Songbird Clapton - Tears in Heaven Clapton - Wonderful Tonight Cohen - Hallelujah Coldplay - Viva La Vida Gershwin - Summertime Dylan - House of the Risin’ Sun Elbow - One Day Like This Elton John - Can you Feel the Love Tonight Enya - May it Be Escala - Feeling Good Escala - Palladio Evanescence - My Immortal Flying Pickets - Only You Michael - Careless Whisper Hamilton - Cry Me a River Hupfeld - As Time Goes By Kaoma - Lambada Jones - Come Away With Me Lily Allen - Not Fair Lily Allen - Smile Mancini - Moon River Metallica - Nothing Else Matters Muse - Butterflies & Hurricanes Myers - Cavatina Newman - Whisper of a Thrill Oasis - Wonderwall Seal - Kiss from a Rose Sinatra - My Way Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed & Delivered Sting - Fields of Gold Sting - Shape of My Heart Streisand - Woman in Love Take That - Greatest Day Take That - Rule the World The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby The Beatles - Let it Be The Beatles - Yesterday The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun The Beatles - Michelle The Beatles - Norwegian Wood The Killers - Mr Brightside The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony Van Morrison - Have I Told You Lately Vanessa Mae - Contradanza Vanessa Mae - I’m a Doun for Lack of Johnnie Vanessa Mae - Night Flight Vanessa Mae - Toccata and Fugue Vanessa Mae - Storm Vangelis - Conequest of Paradise Webber - Memory Withers - Ain’t no Sunshine where she’s gone
Classical: Albinoni – Adagio Bach - Air Bach - Ave Maria Bach - Joy of Man’s Desiring Beethoven - Minuet in G Beethoven - Fur Elise Barber - Adagio for Strings Bocelli - Time To Say Goodbye Brahms - Waltz in A Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 6 Bizet - Habenera Clarke - Trupet Voluntary Dvorak - Humoresque Faure - Pie Jesus Grieg - Solveig’s Sog Grieg - Morning Suite Greensleeves - English Hamnataing - Irish Handel - Air Handel - Hornpipe Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba Haste to the Wedding - Celtic Holst - Jupiter Massenet - Meditation Monti - Czardas Morricone - Gabriel’s Oboe Mozart - Minuet Divertimento Mozart - Violin Concerto in G O sole Mio - Italian Pachelbel - Canon in D Major Parry - Jerusalem Puccini - O Mio Babbino Caro Sait-Saens - The Swan Scarborough Fair- English Schubert - Traumerei Schubert - Ave Maria Schumann - Serenade Strauss - Three Waltzes Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker
Musical / Film / TV: Aladdin - A Whole New World Beauty & the Beast - Theme Bock - Sunrise, Sunset Braveheart - Theme Buffy Theme - Close Your Eyes Fiddler on the Roof - Sunrise, Sunset James Bond - Theme Lord of the Rings - May it Be Love Story - Theme Love Actually - All You Need is Love Meet Joe Black - Whisper of a Thrill Out of Africa- Theme Phantom of the Opera - All I Ask of You Requiem for a Dream - Lux Aeterna Scent of the Women - Por Una Cabeza Secret Garden - Romance Titanic - My Heart Will Go On The Lion King - Can You Feel the Love Tonight The Lion King - Circle of Life
Bollywood Kal Ho Naa Ho Teri Meri Lambada Tum Hi Ho Pee Loon Kuch Khaas Hai Khudaya Ve Balam Pichkari Piano Badtameez Dil Ishq Sufiyana
“Kate was truly spectacular at our Range Rover Evoque Launch, she entertained and indeed mesmerised our guests all evening… A true professional, we would not hesitate to recommend her, particularly if you’re looking for that wow factor for your event” – Simon Lewis, Land Rover
"Kate played at the Yorkshire Cancer Research Art Exhibition which was held at Pavilions of Harrogate last May. The event was attended by around 350 people and was opened by The Rt. Hon William Hague. Her performance was impeccable and I received many complimentary comments. I would not hesitate to use her again." - Sally Crerar, Cancer Research UK
"Thank you so much for your wonderful performance last month, I know our guests were thrilled with your bright and vibrant performance." - Lucy Piatkowski, Events & Exhibitions Officer, West Yorkshire Police