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Decker, Katherine

Decker, Katherine

Katherine Decker


Dr. Katherine Decker is the Assistant Professor of Cello and Double Bass at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is also a member of the award-winning contemporary chamber ensemble, enhakē and the Brownsville Faculty Piano Trio. She made her solo debut with the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and since then, has performed extensively as a solo and chamber artist throughout the US. With enhakē, Dr. Decker constantly inspires audiences around the world through electrifying and sincere renditions of chamber music repertoire spanning classical to contemporary masterworks. enhakē has been praised for its “playing of the very highest caliber” (Fanfare) and “keen instinct for exciting programmes” (BBC Music Magazine).

The group’s 2010 Carnegie Hall recital, made in America, was lauded for its “rock solid rhythmic integrity…strengths in balance, intonation, and musicality” and described as a “polished, yet spontaneous performance” (The New York Concert Review).

Enhakē has won numerous awards at such competitions as the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. With enhake, Dr. Decker is a staunch advocate of new music, collaborating with leading composers such as Libby Larsen, Peter Lieuwen, and Edward Knight who have written for and/or dedicated music to the group. Enhake has recorded extensively and can be heard on NPR stations across the county as well as from its CDs on the Emeritus and Naxos labels. A new CD entitled, enhakē: the Piazzolla Project, will be released on the Classical MSR label in December 2015.

Before her time with enhakē, Dr. Decker was a member of the Eppes String Quartet with whom she performed throughout the United States and as a part of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century series in Costa Rica. Additionally she has performed with numerous orchestras including the Valley Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, and the Elgin Symphony. She served as principal cellist and chamber artist in residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra for the past three years.

She has performed in masterclasses with Zuill Bailey, Thomas Landschoot, the Miami String Quartet, and Wesley Baldwin. Dr. Decker received her MM and DMA from the Florida State University. She also does extensive research in the field of unknown 19thcentury cello repertoire and published her treatise on Georg Goltermann’s cello music in 2011.


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