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Described as “highly virtuosic and deeply communicative…full of character and presence” (NewMusicBox) Kate Stenberg’s violin playing has led to performances worldwide and the release dozens of CDs on New World Records, Sono Luminous, Other Minds, Newport Classics, Decca Records and New Albion labels. Hailed as a Bay Area new-music luminarie" (San Francisco Chronicle) Stenberg enjoys a diverse, unconventional career and is particularly deeply committed to new concert music. Stenberg has commissioned, recorded and performed hundreds of world premieres by living composers. 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 over 100 works at prestigious venues including the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Opera Santa Fe and Symphony Space. She recorded on eight critically-acclaimed CDs fostering the string quartet repertoire through the commissioning of established and emerging composers. Praised by Gramophone Magazine as “masters of all musical things they survey” and two time top winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the 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.

Stenberg has 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.

Stenberg’s festival performances include Other Minds, Ojai Music Festival, Cabrillo, Tanglewood, Centre Acanthes (France), Banff (Canada), Nirmita Composer’s Institute (Cambodia), and Chengdu Contemporary Music Festival (China).  She has performed with many orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, New Century Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.

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.