Kate Steinbeck is recognized across the US and abroad as a passionate teacher, unique interpreter and innovative music producer with repertoire that ranges from Bach to Balinese. She loves teaching and revels in guiding students of all ages to discover the joy of making music and to achieve new levels of accomplishment and self-awareness.
Growing up in Western North Carolina, Kate started playing flute in a public school music program. Her flute has taken her on many adventures and remarkable journeys. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace College studying with William Hebert (Cleveland Orchestra) and then won a Fulbright scholar to study chamber music in Belgium. She later spent several years performing and teaching in Stuttgart, Germany before returning to the US to pursue a Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory as a student of Tim Day (SF Symphony). As a freelance artist in San Francisco, Kate was widely recognized for her work in contemporary music and was featured on many of the Bay Area’s most prestigious stages.
Her love of music, languages, travel and spirit of discovery led her on wonderful adventures far from her childhood home but ultimately brought her back to Asheville when she met flutemaker Chris Abell. Since returning to Asheville in 1997, Kate has been busy raising their two children, and teaching and creating Pan Harmonia, a professional chamber music
repertory company. Now in its 17th season, Pan Harmonia brings music to audiences of all ages in diverse settings ranging from traditional concert halls to homeless shelters and prisons. Pan Harmonia has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council for its artistic excellence and imaginative programming.
Kate has produced two critically acclaimed CDs: Light in the Corner (2004) with percussionist Byron Hedgepeth and Luminescence (2010) with guitarist Amy Brucksch.
A passionate teacher and coach, Kate has presented master classes at the Spanish Flute Convention, Madrid, Spain; Belgian Royal Conservatories in Liège and Mons; New England Flute Fair, Boston; Durham (NC) Arts Center; Duke University and the Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC.
Kate plays on a modern wooden flute manufactured by her husband, Chris Abell, of the Abell Flute Co.
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