Violinist Katherine Liccardo, a native New Yorker, began her violin and piano studies at age 3. Katherine’s passion for music started at home, growing up in a household of music teachers and performers. At the age of 18, she made her Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium solo debut as the winner of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Katherine received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Mannes College The New School for Music and her Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Laurie Smukler.
As second violinist and founding member of the former Blue Hill String Quartet, Katherine has made appearances at Alice Tully Hall in the Wednesdays at One concert series, in beer halls and community spaces in Brooklyn through Groupmuse, and recitals throughout the New York region. In April 2015, the BHSQ was awarded first prize in the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, competing against ensembles from all over the country. In the summer of 2015, the BHSQ held a fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, working closely with members of the Emerson, Brentano, Artis and Alexander string quartets.
Katherine is currently a member of Shattered Glass Ensemble, a self-governed conductorless string orchestra based in New York City. The ensemble just released their first album featuring pieces by living composers Caroline Shaw, Tarik O’Regan, and a commission by Pascal Le Boeuf. Highlights from the upcoming season include a residency at Kneisel Hall, collaboration with The Ear Classical, and performances at their new home in Washington Heights, NYC.
An active pedagogue and trained Suzuki teacher, Katherine holds a teaching position at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College. During the summers, she is a co-director and faculty member of the Kneisel Hall Program for Maine Students and a faculty member at the Berkshire Summer Music Festival in Massachusetts. In addition, Katherine and her husband run an interactive concert series for kids in Washington Heights/Inwood under the umbrella of the Listen Closely chamber music series.
Katherine has studied at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Manchester Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
Katherine and her husband will be moving to Portland, Maine in June 2020 and look forward to exploring a new musical community!