The Alto Clef
NWS fellow Katerina Istomin talks about the alto clef
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Katerina Istomin began playing the violin and piano the age of six. When her family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she attended The Ellis School; a private, all girls, K-12 school where she dreamed of becoming a doctor until she picked up the viola in 10th grade. After studying for three years with Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Violist, Randolph Kelly, Ms. Istomin was accepted to The Juilliard School where she completed her Bachelors of Music under the tutelage of Heidi Castelman and Misha Amory. She then began her Masters of Music at the University of Montreal and completed it at the Hochschulle for Musik in Vienna, Austria, studying with Jutta Pucchammer-Sedillot and Sigfried Fuhrlinger.
Ms. Istomin has performed in major concerts halls such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, The Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center. She is an alumna of the Perlman Music Program, Music Academy of the West, Blossom and Sarasota Music Festivals and has also participated in master classes in Paris and Vienna. Ms. Istomin was a Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. During her time in the orchestra, she has also actively pursued her passion for teaching through community engagement programs.