Violinist Kate Suthers is a musician in demand as a leader, chamber musician and ensemble player.
Based in the UK until her appointment as Concertmaster of the ASO, her versatile career spans string quartet to symphony orchestra, and ranges from the music of Hildegarde von Bingen to world premieres. She has worked with numerous composers including Thomas Adès, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Anna Meredith, Jörg Widmann, Jonny Greenwood and Sir James MacMillan, as well as Australian composers Matthew Hindson and Paul Stanhope. She has also collaborated across art forms in theatre, film, and dance, and enjoys working with artists of different traditions.
Before holding positions in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Kate studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with renowned
violinist and teacher György Pauk. Whilst at the Royal Academy, Kate directed the Soloists Ensemble for a recording with Trevor Pinnock and Linn Records, and worked with many great
musicians including Clio Gould, John Adams, Andrew Haveron and Semyon Bychkov. In 2022 Kate was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).
Recent performance highlights include directing Scottish Ensemble on their Scottish Creations tour around the highlands and islands of Scotland, a project that paired a world premiere by Ailie Robertson alongside new and traditional folk tunes. Earlier in 2022, Kate led the English National Opera production of The Handmaid’s Tale, performed The Lark Ascending at St-Martin-in-the- Fields, and led Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on tour in Europe.
Currently Kate’s engagements include performances with Aurora Orchestra and Manchester Collective, and further performances with English National Opera and Scottish Ensemble alongside chamber and solo performances.
Born in Sydney, Kate has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra, and more recently with the Australian World Orchestra. Kate is a keen if sporadic reader, enjoys walking, and likes searching out great food, wine and coffee at any opportunity.
Kate Suthers plays a Carlo Carletti violin from Pieve di Cento, Bologna, c.1920.
Kate is supported by Colin Dunsford AM, in memory of Lib Dunsford via our Musical Chairs program.