Catherine Himmerich, Concertmaster, holds both a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude in Violin Performance, and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, she studied at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. Her primary teachers have included Roger Frisch, Roland Vamos, J. Patrick Rafferty, and Korey Konkol.
Catherine joined the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012 and was the soloist on the Violin Concerto by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in 2019 and on Tzigane by Maurice Ravel in 2016. Recent performance highlights range from playing violin with the rock band Hanson at the State Theater to presenting a Black History Month recital at the All God’s Children Thursday’s Table. She has been concertmaster and guest concertmaster of various choral/orchestral ensembles in the Twin Cities metro, and she is currently a first violinist in the Exultate Chamber Orchestra.
Catherine also plays in the Metamorphosis Duo with MPO associate concertmaster, Joe Dolson. Their repertoire includes violin duos by diverse artists such as Violet Archer, Bela Bartok, Victoria Bond, Paul Hindemith, Jean-Marie Leclair, Ignatius Sancho, Maddalena Laura Sirmen, and the Cure.
Catherine is a violin instructor at Chanson Voice and Music Academy and at her home studio in Minneapolis. For the past several years she has been committed to including music by Black composers in her teaching, and her students have performed works by Ignatius Sancho, Godwin Sadoh, Juwon Ogungbe, Florence Price, and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
When not performing or teaching violin, Catherine is usually listening to hardcore punk rock.