Hailing from the backroads of Des Moines, Iowa, violinist Katie Klocke enjoys an eclectic career as an orchestra and chamber musician, fiddler, educator, and translator. She now also develops original music for electric violin.
At four years old, Katie heard a fiddler at the State Fair, and her lessons in violin began shortly thereafter. Since then, her love of music and travel has provided opportunities to study various musical practices and to concertize in many different contexts. From playing contemporary Bulgarian music in Sofia to learning Quechua songs in Cusco, Peru, Katie has followed her inspiration to learn how diverse traditions resonate in today’s world.
Katie completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden with the aid of the generous University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship and a grant from the Adlerbert Foundation. She focused her studies on both orchestral playing and improvisation. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music and English literature from the University of Iowa.
Her classical training includes studies with Patti Ruisch, Dr. Scott Conklin, Allen Ohmes, Ralf-Carsten Brömsel, Marja Inkinen-Engström and Øyvor Volle, as well as the CSO’s training program, the Civic Orchestra. She has played in masterclasses for James Ehnes, Mi-Kyung Lee, Oliver Wille, Barbara Doll, Eszter Haffner, and Daniel Avshalomov and has had the opportunity to share the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Jaap van Zweden, Truls Mørk, Christian Zacharias, Deltron 3030, and many other wonderful performers.