KATIE SCHLAIKJER (91,93) (5th year)(Chamber) Katie received her Doctoral and Master’s degrees from Stony Brook University and Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory with teachers Timothy Eddy and Laurence Lesser. She joined the Penderecki String Quartet and the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Israel and is a former member of the Colorado String Quartet (2009-2013). Performance venues with the Colorado Quartet included Symphony Space (NY) and The Kennedy Center along with cycles of the complete Beethoven and Bartok Quartets.
As a former member of the Avalon Quartet, Katie received top prizes from the Concert Artist Guild (NY), the 1999 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the 1998 Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Her recent solo engagements have included a premiere of J Mark Scearce’s cello concerto “Aracana” and Haydn’s D major cello concerto with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in China. She has performed at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen and Caramoor festivals, collaborated with Claude Frank, Roger Tapping and Peter Wiley and recorded for Albany Records.
She taught cello at the University of Connecticut from 2010-2013 while maintaining a private teaching studio in Stony Brook, NY for 7 years. She has also taught cello at the Hartt Music School, Bard Conservatory’s Preparatory music program, coached chamber music at New England Conservatory’s Extension Division, Stony Brook University’s pre-college program,and at the Colorado Quartet’s intensive summer quartet institute, Soundfest.