Kate M. Ransom, President and CEO


Kate M. Ransom, hailed in the New York Times for “impassioned” playing and “clear articulation and unity of purpose,” is a distinguished chamber musician, recitalist and teacher who has presented hundreds of concerts throughout North America and Europe in major chamber music venues. Ms. Ransom is founding violinist of Serafin String Quartet, lauded by The Strad Magazine and American Record Guide for its debut CD release by Centaur in 2010, and a six-year member of the Alexander String Quartet with which she received first prize and audience prize at the London String Quartet Competition (1985) and toured internationally. She frequently collaborates with other artists such as William Preucil, Charles Abramovic, Steven Tenenbom, Sadao Harada, Eliot Fisk, Sandra Rivers and James Tocco. Ms. Ransom performed the complete Beethoven violin sonatas in 2010 and the complete Brahms violin sonatas in 2012 in locations around the nation.

She has served on the faculties of the University of Delaware, Brevard College and Lehigh University; she has also held Ensemble in Residence positions at University of Delaware, St. Lawrence University, SUNY-Potsdam, Lehigh University and Brevard College. She pursued postgraduate chamber music study at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in violin performance from Yale University and University of Michigan, respectively. Her major teachers were Paul Makanovitzky, Szymon Goldberg and Ivan Galamian, and she was a chamber music protégé of Tokyo Quartet.

Ms. Ransom currently serves as president of The Music School of Delaware. She plays a violin made in 1728 by the Venetian master, Sanctus Serafin.

“Impassioned…the [Ransom/Sirianni] Duo played with considerable flair...a beautifully regulated account of the Brahms...a suitably misty and dark Debussy...Mozart’s sonata benefited from a clear articulation and unity of purpose.” - The New York Times

“Every note was played so well, every nuance so worked out, that the event was almost like listening to a flawless recording.” - The Nashville Tennessean


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