Delgani String Quartet violist Kimberlee Uwate is dedicated to creating shared musical experiences as a performer and teacher. An accomplished and versatile musician, Kimberlee has performed with quartets in Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, with orchestras in Carnegie Hall, with contemporary ensembles in the Chicago Cultural Center, and as a soloist in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Currently based in Eugene, Oregon, Kimberlee plays an integral part in shaping the artistic and educational visions of the Delgani String Quartet as both a core musician and a board member of the organization. She is also a member of the Eugene Symphony and in recent seasons has collaborated with the Jupiter String Quartet, Fritz Gearhart, Steven Pologe, and John Dee.
Kimberlee greatly values the opportunity to work with students and maintains her own private studio in Eugene and a studio of collegiate violists and violinist at Willamette University. As a teaching artist, she and the Delgani Quartet work with students from Corvallis to Ashland, partnering with school programs and youth orchestras in a variety of capacities including residencies at a Springfield high school composition class and Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Kimberlee has also taught on the collegiate faculties of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Millikin University. As a teacher, Kimberlee strives to build connections between the composer, the student performer, and audience listener—acting as a guide for student discovery in the storytelling possibilities through music, the mechanics of the body that allow us to create a sound that communicates, and the human response that we as listeners have to music (often explored through singing or dancing) which can be applied to the study of the instrument in performance.
Kimberlee trained at the Manhattan School of Music, University of California at Davis, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She plays a late eighteenth-century viola named Abby.
To hear a recital from May 2017, click here.
Please start at 27:23 for the Shostakovich Viola Sonata.