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Kelli Kathman


Flutist Kelli Kathman is an active soloist and chamber musician in the New York scene. Best known for her thoughtful interpretation and energetic performance of music from the 20th and 21st centuries, Kathman enjoys commissioning and premiering new works by young and established composers from diverse musical backgrounds and styles. She performs regularly as part of Ensemble Signal under the direction of Brad Lubman. She is a founding member of the award-winning Sospiro Winds. Kathman has performed across the United States and Europe with eighth blackbird, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Alarm Will Sound, the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. Additionally, Kathman has performed with the Zankel Band, the Steve Reich Ensemble, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Her festival appearances include Tanglewood, Chamber Music Northwest, Bang on a Can Marathon, Wordless Music Series and June in Buffalo. Her love of new music has brought her into close contact with composers including Steve Reich, John Adams, Helmut Lachenmann, Julia Wolf, David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Terry Riley, and her work can be heard on the labels Nonesuch, Mode Records, Naxos, Warp Records and New Amsterdam Records. Kathman enjoys sharing music not only in concert hall settings but also in non-traditional community settings. As a Artist in Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, she reaches out to people in prisons, senior centers, hospitals and those in the community at large who otherwise have very limited access to live music. Kathman currently teaches flute as Adjunct Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is a student of Tara Helen O’Connor. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Bonita Boyd and her Master’s degree from Yale University as a student of Ransom Wilson.