Katherine Kobylarz is a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Second Violin section for the 2021-2022 season. Ms. Kobylarz spent the last three years as a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Before her time at New World, Ms. Kobylarz completed her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Stephen Rose, the Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to that, she studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Grigory Kalinovsky, where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree and a minor in European History in two years. Ms. Kobylarz started playing the violin at the age of three and began her musical education in the precollege division of the Manhattan School of Music.
Having focused on orchestral playing from early in her career, Ms. Kobylarz has performed with many orchestras across the country, including the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and the Palm Beach Symphony. She has also toured abroad with orchestras extensively and has performed on major stages throughout Italy, France, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and South America. In addition to her experience as a section player, Ms. Kobylarz has performed in many principal leadership roles, including solo opportunities as Concertmaster that have taken place on major stages such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Severance Hall in Cleveland. For two seasons, she served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana.
Ms. Kobylarz performed in the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado for two seasons and held the position of Principal Second Violin during the summer of 2018. She was also invited to solo with the orchestra that summer, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. Other summer festival appearances have included the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine.