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Cellist Kate Kayaian is known for her stunning artistry and for her passion for collaboration. She maintains a rigorous schedule balancing her own performances with her teaching and conducting positions and musical exchange projects around the world. Her 2018-19 schedule includes recitals and concerts in Boston, Chicago, Florida, Charleston and Savannah, Seattle, Victoria, BC, Houston, Bermuda, and throughout the New England area. An avid collaborator, she has toured around France, Italy, Greece and Turkey with members of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo performing chamber music in such incredible venues as the ruins of Ephesus. Other recent chamber music highlights include performances in Fort Lauderdale with the principals of the South Florida Symphony, and a commemorative concert of the Charles Ives Piano Trio at the composer’s alma mater the Hopkins School in New Haven.

A strong advocate for new music, Kate works closely with today’s leading composers and has premiered works by Michael Gandolfi, Kati Agoc, John Adams, Steven Mackey, Jonathan Bailey Holland and Andrew Norman amongst many others. She performs and records regularly with such acclaimed ensembles as the GRAMMY nominated group Boston Modern Orchestra Project and has had the honor of working with the world’s most esteemed conductors and proponents of contemporary music: Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, Gil Rose and Michael Tilson- Thomas. She is currently working on a new project recording works for solo cello written by friends and colleagues from the Boston area.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Kate came to Boston to pursue her degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied cello with Colin Carr, and chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Irma Vallecillo, Scott Nickrenz and the Borromeo String Quartet. Subsequently, she won a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony where she performed as principal cellist under the baton of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and was a frequent performer in the chamber music series. She spent two years at the Spoleto (U.S.A.) festival, and three summers at the Tanglewood Music Center where she was a member of the Conductor's Quintet. While in residence there, she was involved in many collaborative projects with groups such as Jacob's Pillow Dance Company and Shakespeare and Company.

Kate is the Director of Chamber Music for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and maintains an active studio of private students in Boston and at the Bermuda School of Music in Hamilton, Bermuda. She has traveled frequently to South Africa and Kenya to facilitate cultural exchanges between young African and American music students and has made recent trips to Mexico and India for similar projects. 

When she is not playing or teaching the cello, she can be found sailing, gardening, watering her collection of neglected houseplants, and moving furniture back and forth around her house. She lives with her husband Paul in Hamilton, Bermuda and Boston, Massachusetts, and can be heard on the Naxos, RCA, and BMOP/sound recording labels. Kate plays on a 1947 Primo Contavalli cello and a bow by François Nicolas Voirin.

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Cellist Kate Kayaian is known for her stunning artistry and for her passion for communicating through music. She maintains a rigorous schedule balancing her solo and chamber music performances with her teaching and musical exchange projects around the world. Her 2018-19 schedule includes recitals and concerts in Chicago, South Florida, Charleston, Houston, Seattle, Bermuda, and throughout the New England area.


Originally from Chicago, IL, Kate came to Boston to pursue her degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied cello with Colin Carr and chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Irma Vallecillo, Scott Nickrenz and the Borromeo String Quartet. Subsequently, she won a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony where she performed as principal cellist under the baton of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and was a frequent performer in the chamber music series. She spent two years at the Spoleto (U.S.A.) festival, and three summers at the Tanglewood Music Center where she was a member of the Conductor's Quintet.


A strong advocate for new music, Kate works closely with today’s leading composers and has premiered works by Michael Gandolfi, Kati Agoc, John Adams, Steven Mackey, and Andrew Norman amongst many others.  She performs and records regularly with the GRAMMY nominated group Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and has had the honor of working with the world’s most esteemed conductors and proponents of contemporary music: Pierre Boulez, Oliver Knussen, Gil Rose and Michael Tilson-Thomas.  She lives with her husband Paul in Hamilton, Bermuda and Boston, Massachusetts, and can be heard on the Naxos, RCA, and BMOP/sound recording labels. Kate plays on a 1947 Primo Contavalli cello and a bow by François Nicolas Voirin. 

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Repertoire

Works for Solo Cello:

Bach Suites nos. 1-6

Cassadó Fugue in the style of Handel

Cassadó Suite for Violoncello

Crumb Sonata for Solo Violoncello

Felsenfeld Just, Seventeen

Gianopoulis Monologue

Harbison Suite for Solo Cello
Hovhaness Chagaghir (arr. For Cello by Kayaian)

Hovhaness Yakamochi

Works for Cello and Piano:

Bach Gamba Sonatas (G Major, D Major, G Minor)

Barber Sonata

Beethoven Sonatas no. 1-5

Beethoven variations

Brahms Sonata in E Minor

Brahms Sonata in F Major

Chausson Piéce

Chopin Sonata in g minor

Clarke Sonata

Debussy Sonata

Francouer Sonata

Piazzolla Le Grand Tango

Poulenc Sonata

Rachmaninoff Sonata

Shostakovich Sonata

Schumann Fantasy Pieces

Schumann Folk Pieces


Short pieces:

Fauré Aprés un Reve

Rachmaninoff Vocalise

Bach Adagio

Petrossian Melodie

Kouyoumdjian A Boy and a Makeshift Toy


Concerti:

Barber

Bloch: Schelomo 
Boccherini: Concerto in Bb 
Brahms: Double Concerto
Bruch: Kol Nidrei 
Dvorak: Concerto in B Minor 
Elgar: Concerto in E minor 
Faure: Elegie 
Haydn: Concerto in C 
Haydn: Concerto in D
Kabalevsky: Concerto, Op. 49

Khachaturian
Lalo: Concerto
Popper, David: Hungarian Rhapsody 
Saint-Saens: Concerto No. 1 
Saint-Saens: Allegro Appassionata 
Schumann: Concerto
Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccio
Vivaldi: Double Concerto for Two Cellos