Growing up in Western North Carolina, flutist Kate Steinbeck began playing flute in a public school music program. Her spirit of discovery led her on wonderful adventures far from her childhood home but ultimately brought her back to Asheville when she met flute maker Chris Abell. Since returning to NC in 1997, Kate has been busy raising their two children, teaching and creating Pan Harmonia, an awarding-winning music repertory company.
Kate earned a BM from Baldwin-Wallace College, studying with William Hebert (Cleveland Orchestra), followed by a Fulbright scholar to study chamber music in Belgium. She later spent several years performing and teaching in Germany before returning to the US to pursue a MM at the San Francisco Conservatory as a student of Tim Day (SF Symphony). As a freelance flutist, she was featured on many of the Bay Area’s most prestigious stages.
Kate is recognized across the US and abroad as a passionate teacher and coach, 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. Kate also loves learning languages, speaks French and German, and is now pursuing a degree in Spanish at UNC-Asheville.
Kate has produced two critically acclaimed CDs: Light in the Corner (2004) with percussionist Byron Hedgepeth and Luminescence (2010) with guitarist Amy Brucksch and recorded on local projects ranging from hip hop to ambient. Kate plays on a modern wooden flute manufactured by her husband, Chris Abell, of the Abell Flute Co.
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