Katharine StarbirdPasadena, CA
Katharine Starbird: solo piano; accompanist, duo-pianist
Degrees: BA Pomona College, 1968. MA University of Washington, 1970
Professional studies: Alexander Liberman, Berkeley, CA; Stewart Gordon, USC, Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA
Professional appearances as solo pianist, accompanist, and concerto performances in and around Pasadena, CA, 1979-present. Lecture-Performance appearances in area high schools, city colleges, retirement communities, special education schools.
Solo performance repertoire includes: Schumann piano concerto, performed with local orchestra, Bach (Italian Concerto), Mozart (sonatas, Ah vous dirai-je, Maman), Beethoven sonatas (Waldstein, Tempest, Appassionata), works by Chopin (mazurkas, ballades, intermezzi, preludes,), Schumann (Carnaval, Album for the Young), Schubert (sonatas, intermezzi), Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc.
Solo appearances with classical and sacred music at morning worship in church, memorial services, church retreats. Accompaniment of area children’s choirs; founding accompanist of Los Angeles Children’s Choir. Accompanist for ten years for church children’s choir.
Accompanist (orchestral reduction) for church drama production of “The Last five Years”, by Jason Robert Brown.
Ensemble performance repertoire includes: 2 piano music: Rachmaninoff (2nd Suite), Milhaud, Brahms; 4 piano music (mostly arranged for four pianos, including Bach, Beethoven, Debussy); accompaniment of solo voices: Handel, Schubert, Schumann, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Gershwin, Barber, Bernstein.