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Kate Stenberg’s violin playing has been described as “highly virtuosic and deeply communicative…full of character and presence” (NewMusicBox), as heard in performances in a dozen countries and on numerous CDs from New World Records, Sono Luminous, Newport Classics, Other Minds and New Albion labels. She is a leading interpreter of contemporary chamber music having premiered over a hundred works, including pieces incorporating multi-media and improvisation. As a "Bay Area new-music luminary” (San Francisco Chronicle) Stenberg has commissioned, recorded and premiered new works by Peter Sculthorpe, Chinary Ung, Ronald Bruce Smith, Tania Leon, Charles Amirkhanian, Per Nørgård, Kui Dong and many others.

Kate Stenberg developed and produced 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. Del Sol Quartet was two time 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. Recent appearances include performances at the San Francisco Performances PIVOT Series and the Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive.