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Katharine Rapoport
Katharine Rapoport teaches violin and viola performance and chamber music, as well as Doctor of Musical Arts seminars, string pedagogy, and string literature at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where she is an Adjunct Professor. She also teaches violin and viola and String Methodologies in the Young Artists’ Performance Academy and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is the founder and director of the University of Toronto Viola Ensemble.
Her students’ distinctions include winning scholarships to Juilliard School of Music, first place awards at the Provincial and National levels of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals, and the CIBC Scholarship at Contemporary Showcase. Her former students play with the New World Symphony, Boston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as in Baroque and chamber ensembles in Canada and the US.
She has served on the faculty at summer programs such as Chamber Music at Port Milford Festival in Prince Edward County and the National Music Camp. She has over 40 publications of Syllabi, playing editions, pedagogical texts and articles to her credit, as well as authoring Violin for Dummies, a recent addition to the popular series published by Wiley’s.

As an active advocate of contemporary music, Katharine has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in performances, broadcasts and recordings of premieres of new works throughout Canada and in Europe. She recently performed a recital of Canadian works for solo viola in the Contemporary Viola series at the University of Illinois, where she also gave a viola masterclass. Other recent performances have included violin recitals in Italy, two recitals of Jewish music for viola at the Limmud Festival in Colorado, Mozart Quintet in C, K.515 with the Alcan Quartet at Chamber Music at Port Milford Festival, and Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale in the trio version at the University of Prince Edward Island Chamber Series. She is a member of Esprit Orchestra, Canada’s premier orchestra devoted to the performance of new works.

Katharine has adjudicated and given masterclasses and workshops across Canada and in the United States. After earning her M.A. from Cambridge University and her postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in violin from the Guildhall School of Music, London, she continued her postgraduate studies at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie Detmold and the Hochschule fur Musik, Vienna. Her principal teachers were Yfrah Neaman, Bruno Giuranna and Hatto Beyerle, the founding violist of the Alban Berg Quartet.
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