Kate Vincent - Artistic Director
Kate Vincent, Founding Director and violist of Firebird Ensemble is originally from Perth, Western Australia. Ms. Vincent recently moved to Los Angeles from Boston where she still maintains a presence as Artistic Director /Violist of the Firebird Ensemble, Principal Violist of Opera Boston and Associate Principal Violist of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. In addition, Ms. Vincent has appeared as Principal Violist with numerous other East Coast ensembles including Emmanuel Music, Opera Aperta and Opera Unlimited. As a chamber musician Ms. Vincent has appeared with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Alea 3, Chameleon Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Dinosaur Annex, the Fromm Foundation players at Harvard, Quartet X, Winsor Music, the Aurea Ensemble and on Emmanuel Music's Chamber Series. In Los Angeles she performs regularly with the Los Angeles Opera and has been a guest artist with the Eclipse Quartet, on the Dilijan Chamber Music Series and Monday Evening Concert Series. Ms. Vincent has also toured extensively throughout Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Russia and the United States and between 1999-2003 was also violist of the Arden String Quartet. Ms. Vincent has premiered chamber and solo works by Luciano Berio, Lisa Bielawa, Donald Crockett, John Harbison, Lee Hyla, John McDonald, Joseph Maneri, Eric Moe and recorded for labels such as BMOP sound, Tzadik, New World Records, Oxingale and Steeplechase. In 2006, Ms. Vincent was invited to join the faculty at the Longy School of Music as co-director of the new music ensemble, Longitude, and holds a double Masters Degree from New England Conservatory in Viola Performance and Music Education, where she studied with James Dunham of the Cleveland String Quartet.