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Described as “highly virtuosic…full of character and presence” (NewMusicBox) Kate Stenberg’s violin playing has led to performances worldwide and the release of dozens of CDs on New World Records, Sono Luminous and Other Minds labels. Hailed as a "Bay Area new-music luminarie" (San Francisco Chronicle) Stenberg enjoys a diverse, unconventional career, and is deeply committed to new concert music. She has commissioned, recorded and performed hundreds of world premieres by living composers including works by Peter Sculthorpe, Chinary Ung, Per Nørgård, Kui Dong and Charles Amirkhanian. 

Kate Stenberg developed and commissioned new chamber music as co-founder of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and Real Vocal String Quartet and from 1995-2015 she served as the first violinist of the award winning Del Sol String Quartet where she fostered the string quartet repertoire through collaboration and the commissioning of established and emerging composers. Praised by Gramophone Magazine as “masters of all musical things they survey”, the quartet was top winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. 

Currently, Stenberg performs regularly with "sterling pianist" Sarah Cahill. Newly formed in 2016, the Stenberg Cahill Duo is dedicated to promoting the American experimental tradition and expanding it through the commissioning of new work.