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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, Decca Records, 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. Hailed as a "Bay Area new-music luminary” (San Francisco Chronicle) Stenberg has commissioned, recorded and premiered new works by Mason Bates, Tania Leon, Charles Amirkhanian, Peter Sculthorpe, Chinary Ung, Per Nørgård, Kui Dong and many others. Her CD Scenes from a New Music Séance with pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann has received special notice and features groundbreaking, innovative works by Pelle Gudmundsen Holmgreen, Ruth Crawford Seegar and George Antheil. 

As former first violinist of the renowned Del Sol String Quartet, Stenberg premiered works at prestigious venues including the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Opera Santa Fe and Symphony Space and recorded on eight critically-acclaimed CDs fostering the string quartet repertoire through the commissioning of established and emerging composers. Del Sol Quartet expanded its outreach to numerous educational institutions including the Manhattan School of Music, Dartmouth, MIT and the San Francisco and Peabody Conservatories of Music and was a top winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

Stenberg collaborated and premiered work at San Francisco Performances alongside Joan Jeanrenaud and Daniel Bernard Roumain, and with choreographers, Garrett + Moulton Productions on “StringWreck”. She was a founding member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and Real Vocal String Quartet and has recorded with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, New Music Works, and with Maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Her festival performances have included Other Minds, Ojai Music Festival, Cabrillo, Tanglewood, Centre Acanthes (France), Banff (Canada), Nirmita Composer’s Institute (Cambodia), and Chengdu Contemporary Music Festival (China).  

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 with percussionist William Winant, Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, Other Minds New Music SéanceGarden of Memory at the Julia Morgan Chapel of the Chimes, and Memory/Place with Nancy Karp + Dancers at ODC Theater.