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Katharine Knight

Growing up in a family of artists, actors and writers, cellist Katharine Knight found her muse when she fell in love with the cello at the age of ten.  As 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 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.

            A co-founder and cellist of the Da Vinci Quartet from 1980 to 2005, Ms. Knight performed across the United States, in Russia, England and Canada. She has recorded extensively, has abundant teaching credits to her name, and is a veteran of many international competitions.  In addition to her near quarter century with the Da Vinci Quartet, she performs regularly as a recitalist, guest artist with other chamber ensembles and as a member of Hot Celli, a duo with husband and fellow cellist, Richard Slavich.

            Ms. Knight joined the music faculty of the Colorado College in 1999 as instructor of cello and is a member of the chamber music faculty at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. 

            She plays a cello made by husband and wife team Joseph Grubaugh and Sigrun Seifert in 1997.

kknight@du.edu