Switzerland 2013

Kate Steinbeck has distinguished herself across the US and abroad as a unique interpreter, passionate teacher and innovative music producer with repertoire that ranges from Bach to Balinese.

Kate is the creator and director of Pan Harmonia, a chamber music repertory company based in Asheville, North Carolina. Pan Harmonia brings professional chamber music performances to audiences of all ages in diverse settings ranging from traditional concert halls to homeless shelters and prisons. Now in its 17th season, Pan Harmonia has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the North Carolina Arts Council for its artistic excellence and innovative outreach.

She has produced two critically acclaimed recordings: Light in the Corner (2004) with percussionist Byron Hedgepeth and Luminescence (2010) with guitarist Amy Brucksch, and has recorded on numerous CDs by other artists. She plays on a modern wooden flute manufactured by her husband, Chris Abell, of the Abell Flute Co.

Kate Steinbeck with Pan Harmonia players (L-R) Amy Brucksch, Fred Lemmons, Ivan Seng and Rosalind Buda

Kate earned a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace College, where she studied with William Hebert (Piccolo Emeritus, Cleveland Orchestra), and a Master’s in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory as a student of Tim Day (Principal Flute, San Francisco Symphony). She spent a decade freelancing in San Francisco, where she was widely recognized for her work in contemporary music and was featured on many of the Bay Area’s most prestigious stages.

Prior to living in California, Kate was a Fulbright scholar to Belgium, earned a First Prize in chamber music from the Belgian Royal Conservatory in Liège and studied flute with Bernard Pierreuse. She later spent several years teaching in Stuttgart, Germany and performed concerts throughout Belgium, Holland and Germany.