Catherine Himmerich, concertmaster, started violin lessons in the Carroll College Suzuki program in Waukesha, Wisconsin, then moved on to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and the Music Institute of Chicago. She has both her bachelors degree, summa cum laude in Violin Performance, and her masters degree from the University of Minnesota. Her primary teachers have included Roger Frisch, Roland Vamos, J. Patrick Rafferty, and Korey Konkol.

Catherine joined the MPO 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.

Also a pianist, Catherine has performed George Gershwin’s Concerto in F in Milwaukee and was the pianist for the Brahms Horn Trio in E♭ major at the Aberdeen, Scotland International Youth Festival representing the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Catherine currently teaches violin lessons at City of Lakes Waldorf School and at her home studio in Minneapolis. After making a personal commitment to include more music by black composers in her teaching, some of her students recently performed works by Ignatius Sancho, Godwin Sadoh, Juwon Ogungbe, and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Catherine and her duo partner, MPO stand partner Joe Dolson, have worked extensively on sets of violin duos by diverse artists such as Violet Archer, Bela Bartok, Victoria Bond, Paul Hindemith, LeClair, and the Cure. When not performing or teaching violin, Catherine is usually listening to hardcore punk rock.