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Kathryn Lockwood has been hailed as a violist of exceptional talents in reviews around the country. The Cleveland Plain Dealer proclaimed, "...Lockwood played the vociferous viola cadenza with mahogany beauty and vivid character." Ms. Lockwood is the violist of the internationally renowned Lark Quartet, a unique viola and percussion duo with her husband, duoJalal, and performs as a guest with numerous other prestigious groups.
Kathryn moved from her homeland of Australia to the United States in 1991 only to capture some of the most sought-after awards in the country including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Concert Artists Guild Management Award, and awards at solo competitions such as the Primrose Competition, Washington International Competition, and the Pasadena Instrumental Competition. As an original member of Pacifica Quartet, Ms. Lockwood has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia's Bennett Gordon Hall, Corcoran Gallery, St. Lawrence Center, and University of Thessaloniki / Greece, and has been heard live on NPR’s Performance Today. She collaborated with violist Michael Tree on an all-Dvorak CD and composer Easley Blackwood on recordings released by Cedille Records. In 2005 Kathryn released a solo recital CD of viola music by Inessa Zaretsky, "Fireoptics," about which Strad declared "Lockwood is absolutely inside the music's idiom, finding appropriate tonal shadings."
Ms. Lockwood is currently on faculty at University of Massachusetts/Amherst and at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, previously serving on the faculty at Rutgers University in NJ, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Music Institute of Chicago, and National Music Camp in Australia. She earned her Master's Degree with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Morgan.