Four Strings

Katherine McLin, violin
Mary Harris, viola
Marc Moskovitz, cello
John Pellegrino, double bass

Featured musicians' bios

Katherine McLin, violin
The Donald G. Dunn Chair

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.

Mary Harris, viola
The Margaret & Jerome Cunningham Chair

Mary E. M. Harris is Professor of Viola at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and member of the Oxford String Quartet. An avid performer, she is also principal violist of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio and violist of the Nexus String Quartet. In addition, she is a founding member of Cosmos, a flute, viola and harp ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing new works for this combination. Cosmos’ recent recording, American Premieres on MSR Classics, features works written for and premiered by the trio to critical acclaim.

A former member of the Dakota String Quartet and I Musici de Montreal, Ms. Harris has served as principal violist of the New American Chamber Orchestra, touring Europe extensively and performing at the Korsholm, Casals, and other international festivals. She also served as principal of the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg and has performed with the Garth Newel Festival in Virginia.

For many years, Ms. Harris has spent her summers performing at the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Peter Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. She also performs at the Serafin Summer Music Festival in Wilmington, Delaware.

She is a graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), where she studied with Mimi Zweig and Georges Janzer. She holds M.F.A. and M.M. degrees from the Institute of Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she studied and performed with members of the Fine Arts Quartet and performed on WFMT-Radio in Chicago.

Ms. Harris is an enthusiastic dog-lover, hiker and backpacker!

Marc Moskovitz, cello
The Barbara Trueman Chair

The son of a professional violinist, the musical path of cellist Marc Moskovitz has taken him from North Carolina to Indiana, Berlin, Virginia, Ohio, Boston and finally back to North Carolina. He has held positions at The University of Virginia and The University of Toledo, where he served as associate professor of cello and cellist of the Toledo Trio. In 2001, Marc moved to Boston, where he performed with some of the city’s most venerable music organizations, among them The Boston Pops and The Handel and Haydn Society, both of with which he toured, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, with which he frequently recorded. As co-founder and cellist of Montage Music Society, he gave the North American premiere of Zemlinsky’s rediscovered Cello Sonata at the Library of Congress, which the Washington Post called “an impassioned performance.” His recordings include the music of cello virtuosi David Popper and Alfredo Piatti, both on the VAI label, and premiere recordings of music of Franz Reizenstein and Eric Zeisl (ASV). Marc has also performed as a guest of the International Piatti Festival in Bergamo, Italy. In addition to his work as principal cellist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, he performs regularly with the North Carolina Symphony and is founder of the Trinity Park Salon Series, a house music concert series in Durham, NC. A former student of cellists Janos Starker and Gary Hoffman, Marc holds a doctorate and master’s degree from Indiana University and spent one year in Berlin with cellist Wolfgang Boettcher as a Fulbright scholar.

A committed scholar, Marc has written on a variety of musical subjects and for various music journals. He is the author of Alexander Zemlinsky: A Lyric Symphony and co-author of Beethoven’s Cello: Five Revolutionary Sonatas and Their World, both published by Boydell & Brewer (UK). In addition to writing the program notes for the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Marc has provided program notes for orchestras and opera houses in Germany, Spain and China as well as the U.S, and liner notes for the Melba and Naxos record labels. His entries on historical cellists are found in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and his forthcoming book, MEASURE: The Pursuit of Musical Time, will be published in the coming year.

When in Columbus, Marc performs on a cello owned by Catherine Adams. The instrument was owned and played by her great-grandfather, a professional cellist-turned-homesteader, who immigrated to America after serving in the court of the King of Hanover.

John Pellegrino, double bass
The John F. Brownley Chair

John Pellegrino is Principal Bass of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Peninsula Music Festival, Assistant Principal Bass of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival. John has performed, toured and recorded with many of this country’s leading orchestras and is on the faculty of Capital University. As a chamber musician, John has collaborated with such artists as Joseph Kalichstein, Ronald Leonard, and James Dunham, as well as the Miami String Quartet, Miller-Porfiris Duo, and the Apple Hill String Quartet. Other chamber music performances have included concerts at the Roycroft, Sarasota, Aspen, Waterloo, Grand Teton festivals as well as The Ohio State University’s Contemporary Music Festival, the Sunday at Central recital series in Columbus, OH and at the OWU•//•NOW contemporary music festival in Delaware, OH. In 2007 John was named Artistic Director of Music on the Hill, a chamber music festival located in the Ocean State.

Before moving to Columbus to become a member of the CSO in 1989, John was a section member of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the NOSO John earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. Mr. Pellegrino has served on the faculties of Ohio Wesleyan University, the Eastern Music Festival (NC), the Warwick Music Festival (RI), Kinhaven Music Camp (VT) and the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, Ohio.

In 2008, John was the recipient of the Ohio Private/Studio Teacher of the Year award given by the Ohio String Teacher’s Association. His students have won competitions held by the International Society of Bassists, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Ohio String Teachers Association, Interlochen Arts Camp and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

John was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island and owes much to his family of music educators/performers, private teachers, the public-school music program in Warwick and to the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra program under the direction of Nedo Pandolfi.