Katharine Knight

knightAn accomplished performer, collaborator, teacher and instrumentalist, cellist Katharine Knight has brought her strong commitment and depth of
understanding to all aspects of her musical artistry.
She co-founded the Colorado-based Da Vinci Quartet, with whom she performed and recorded extensively from 1980 to 2005, while creating innovative educational presentations in unique settings and expanding the reach of chamber music in the region. Developing an extensive repertoire, the Quartet championed works by
women, celebrated the many contributions of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge to the chamber music lexicon, performed and commissioned new works as well as presenting more traditional projects such as performing the entire cycle of Beethoven’s works for string quartet.
As a member of the Quartet, she served as a faculty member at the University of
Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado College, and the University of Denver as well
as teaching as a visiting artist at many colleges and universities throughout America
while on tour with the group.
For the past two decades she has coached string quartets and other chamber
ensembles as a member of the faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of
Music. Recently, she has partnered with Denver Friends of Chamber Music,
mentoring Lamont students’ visits to Denver Public Schools in support of young
instrumentalists in the community. In addition, from 2005 to 2014 she mentored
Lamont music students as the career development director for the school.
Her advocacy for chamber music engagement extends to musicians of all levels of
expertise and age. While maintaining a private studio of adult cello students, she
supports avocational as well as professional ensemble work, coaching groups from
many of the Denver area orchestras, such as Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, the
Arapahoe and Denver Philharmonic Orchestras.
A native of Baltimore, she attended the Peabody Institute where she studied with a
succession of protégés of the great Russian cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky – principally
Stephen Kates and Laurence Lesser, whom she followed to the New England
Conservatory in Boston for graduate studies. She received a master of music degree
from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as teaching assistant
to Wolfgang Laufer, cellist of the Fine Arts Quartet.
Ms. Knight performs on a cello made by Sigrun Seifert and Joseph Grubaugh in 1997,
often as a duo known as Hot Celli with cellist husband Richard Slavich.