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Kathryn Schulmeister

Chicago, IL      

Kathryn Schulmeister is a musician interested in exploring the capabilities of the double bass within diverse contexts of performance. Born in Hawaii, Kathryn began studies of the double bass at age 9. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and completed her Master of Music degree at McGill University in Montréal in May 2013, receiving numerous scholarships during her graduate studies including the Austrian Society Scholarship and the Sound Recording Competition Award (2nd Place).


With a wide range of musical interests including improvisation, experimental, classical, jazz, and avant-garde contemporary, Kathryn has performed with several adventerous new music ensembles including Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, Montréal’s Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Chicago’s Fonema Consort, and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. As a participant in international festivals and workshops Kathryn has worked with several leading figures of contemporary music such as Uli Fussenegger, Irvine Arditti, Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, Christian Wolff, Marino Formenti, David Robertson, and various others. She has also collaborated with Anthony Coleman as a member of the improvisation ensemble Survivor’s Breakfast, and is featured on his recent album The End of Summer, released on Tzadik records in February 2013.