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Biography

Violinist Kate Hatmaker enjoys a varied career as performer, educator and entrepreneur. She is the cofounder and Executive/Artistic Director of Art of Élan (www.artofelan.org), a San Diego chamber music organization committed to bringing classical music to diverse audiences, and has been a violinist with the San Diego Symphony since 2006. Ms. Hatmaker has played with a wide variety of American orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony, and has also performed at the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Vail International Dance Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, and the Strings Music Festival. In addition to teaching privately, she is currently on faculty at UCSD’s Department of Music and is the strings instructor at the Coronado School of the Arts. She is also a frequent chamber music recitalist and guest clinician and has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras in North America including the San Diego Symphony. A passionate advocate for innovation in the arts, she has been invited to speak at Carnegie Mellon University, San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University, among others. She completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University and her undergraduate training at both the University of Iowa and the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with high honors and degrees in both Political Science and French.

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