Violinist Katherine McLin enjoys an extremely varied and prolific performing career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician. Since her debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of fifteen, Katie has made over 100 appearances as soloist with orchestras across the country. In addition to performing the standard canon, she is an enthusiastic advocate of new music and has either premiered or given second performances of concerti by John Adams, Lera Auerbach, Hans Gal, and Joel Puckett.
Katie appears on 20 compact disc recordings under the Summit, Centaur, and Opus One labels. Her live and recorded performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, NYC’s WQXR, and local television and radio stations throughout the country. As a member of the McLin/Campbell Duo with pianist Andrew Campbell and frequent chamber music collaborator with colleagues around the world, Katie performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She serves as a guest artist at numerous summer chamber music festivals, most recently with the Interharmony International Music Festival (Italy), Saarburg Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Chintimini Chamber Music Festival (OR), Red Rocks Music Festival (AZ), and the Orlando Chamber Players at the Festival of the Black Hills (SD).
Since 2007, Katie has held the position of Concertmaster of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Previously she served as Concertmaster of the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Arizona Philharmonic, Michigan Sinfonietta, and the Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra, and Principal Second Violin of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.
A committed and passionate teacher, Katie was awarded the Evelyn Smith Professorship in Music at Arizona State University in 2016, a three-year endowed position that recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in their field. In 2004 she was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Fine Arts, chosen from over 170 faculty, and was a finalist for the 2007 university-wide ASU Professor of the Year award.
Katie received her doctorate in violin performance from the University of Michigan as a student of Paul Kantor. She holds additional performance degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin College Conservatory, and for three years was an orchestral fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival. Her former teachers include Franco Gulli, Josef Gingold, and Kathleen Winkler.