Friday, 9 April, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell presents a recital of fun, quirky, and deeply personal works in a program that celebrates Bay Area Composers and the diversity in contemporary classical music.



Ryan Brown
Four Short Pieces for Solo Piano
Cellar Door
Stage Whisper (for Kate)

Fernanda Aoki Navarro
Impermanence | I. Mestiça

Leila Adu
Colour Wheel
I. Headbanging(ly)
II. Clear Stream
III. Rags
IV. Quip
V. Mirage
VI. Woods
VII. Danse
VIII. Hope and Fear

Matthew Welch
Etude No. 1 (world premiere)

David Lang

About the artist

Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Financial Times) and “powerful player” (Santa Cruz Sentinel), Kate Campbell performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in contemporary music and interdisciplinary projects. She is at home with styles ranging from thorny modernism to “sleek and spirited” minimalism (San Francisco Chronicle).

Kate is the pianist for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. She is the co-founder and pianist of the interdisciplinary duo K A T E S, which intertwines new solo piano music with new dance. She is also proud to have been one of the founding organizers for the Omaha Under the Radar Festival, featuring new music, dance, and theater in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

In 2019, Kate was honored with a Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency for interdisciplinary projects. In 2017, she was a distinguished fellow at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts. She recently served several years in residence at California State University East Bay as a chamber musician workshopping new music by student and faculty composers. In masterclass and festival settings, she has worked with emerging composers at Princeton University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Mills College, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

As an in-demand rehearsal & collaborative pianist, Kate regularly works with many of the Bay Area’s top institutions, including the San Francisco Girls Chorus, West Edge Opera, UC Berkeley, Mills College, and the Berkeley Symphony. Her recorded work can be heard on New Amsterdam Records, Pinna Records, and New Focus Recordings. Kate serves on the faculty of Mills College and maintains a thriving private studio in Oakland, CA.