Kate Tamarkin, Music Director

2006 – present



Described by Leonard Bernstein as “extremely musical, a vivid personality, and a strong performer,” Kate Tamarkin has achieved a distinguished national and international reputation as a conductor of orchestras at many levels: as Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony under Eduardo Mata, and as music director and conductor of the Monterey Symphony, the East Texas Symphony, the Vermont Symphony and the Fox Valley Symphony (Wisconsin). Ms. Tamarkin has guest conducted some of world’s leading orchestras and has been profiled on CNN and NBC’s Today Show.

Ms. Tamarkin returns to collaborate with Ash Lawn Opera this coming December as guest conductor for the holiday classic Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Paramount Theater. Past conducting engagements include the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (China) and three seasons with the Summer Opera Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Her guest conducting credits include a command performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; engagements with the National Philharmonic of Moldova; and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis, Edmonton (Canada), Vermont, Pacific, Nashville, New Mexico, Tucson, Dallas and Oklahoma City; Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival; and the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina.

Kate Tamarkin holds a DMA from Peabody Conservatory of Music, a Masters of Music from Northwestern University, and a Bachelors of Music Education from Chapman University (CA). She has also studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Prior to her appointment to the University of Virginia, she was an Associate Professor of Music at the Catholic University of America.

As a conducting pedagogue, Ms. Tamarkin has served on the faculty of the Leipzig International Music Academy and the South Carolina Conductors Institute. She is also a Conducting Mentor with the Conductors Guild. She co-produced the DVD Conducting with Clarity and Musicality: The Teaching of Paul Vermel, funded by grants from the University of Virginia and the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Ms. Tamarkin has a special interest in the relationship between music and healing, and is a Certified Music Practitioner on the harp. She is the Program Coordinator for Music by the Bedside, a new initiative at Hospice of the Piedmont that offers live music to soothe hospice patients and their families. She is also a “Musician in Residence” at the University of Virginia Medical Center and a volunteer at Martha Jefferson Hospital.

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