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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
December 9, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Katie Schlaikjer

DMA, Artist-in-residence, Penderecki String Quartet, Cello; Director, Laurier String Academy

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.4152

Office Location: A301

Personal Website:
Academic Background
MM and DMA (Stony Brook University)

Cellist Katie Schlaikjer is an accomplished chamber musician, having performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Israel. A former member of the Colorado String Quartet (2009-2013), Katie joined the Penderecki String Quartet and the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013. Her tenure with the Colorado Quartet included performances at Symphony Space (NY) and The Kennedy Center and cycles of the complete Beethoven and Bartok Quartets. As a former member of the Avalon Quartet, she received top prizes from the Concert Artist Guild (NY), the 1999 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and the 1998 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Her recent solo engagements have included a premiere of J Mark Scearce’s cello concerto “Aracana” and Haydn’s D major cello concerto with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in China. Katie has performed at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, and Caramoor festivals, collaborated with Claude Frank, Roger Tapping and Peter Wiley and recorded for Albany Records. A dedicated teacher, Katie taught cello at the University of Connecticut from 2010-2013 and maintained a private teaching studio in Stony Brook, NY for seven years. She has also taught cello at the Hartt Music School, Bard Conservatory's Preparatory music program, coached chamber music at New England Conservatory's Extension Division, Stony Brook University's pre-college program, and at the Colorado Quartet’s intensive summer quartet institute, Soundfest. Ms Schlaikjer received her Doctoral and Master’s degrees from Stony Brook University and her Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory where her teachers included Timothy Eddy and Laurence Lesser.

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