Described as a “strong and exciting performer” who plays with “musical feeling and great technical skill” by the New York Classical Review, Katherine Petersen enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician and soloist. She has collaborated with artists such as Charles Castleman, Matt Haimovitz, Sara Laimon, and Michal Schmidt, and has appeared at venues such as the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the Empire Saal at Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, Jordan Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. Additionally she was invited to perform the inaugural concert of the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the American University. A founding member of ensemble Duo FAE, Ms. Petersen collaborates frequently with violinist Charlene Kluegel. The duo has recently been featured on the Journées de la Culture Series in Quebec, and many other series across Canada and the United States.
An active collaborative pianist, Petersen has held staff positions at Conservatory and Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Killington Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Recently she was also a competition pianist for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Standard Life Competition. Additional summer festival performances include those at the Maine Chamber Music Seminar, Castleman Quartet Program, Yellow Barn YAP, Heifetz Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Ms. Petersen received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Vivian Weilerstein. She went on to attend the Schulich School of Music of McGill University for her Masters and DMus under the tutelage of Stéphane Lemelin and Sara Laimon, where she was a recipient of the Harold Helm and Provost Fellowships, the Schulich and Graduate Excellence Scholarships, the Susan Tajra Scholarship for pianists, harpsichordists and organists, and the Dale Bartlett Prize for Collaborative Pianists.
In her free time, she is an avid cyclist and enjoys watching sci-fi movies. She also makes a mean cheesecake.
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Work and Projects
- Lead Teaching Artist at Deborah’s Place
- Piano and Chamber Music Faculty at Music Institute of Chicago
- Teacher of Achievement in Music exam program exams (AIM)
- Personal Website
- Member, MTNA (national)
- Member, NSMTA (local)
- Duo FAE displays singular verve and expressive power in American program, New York Classical Review