Kate Suthers

Section Leader Second Violin

Supported by Frank North

Violinist Kate Suthers enjoys a busy and varied career across the UK. As well as leading the award-winning Artesian Quartet, Kate works in guest principal roles with a number of British orchestras. These include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She balances her schedule between symphony orchestra, quartet, and chamber orchestra, working additionally with Scottish Ensemble, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Eroica. Kate also works commercially, recording soundtracks for film and television, most recently for the BBC Three drama Thirteen. Her work has taken her around the world, touring to Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and the Far East.

Kate studied with Gyorgy Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music. Among the many experiences during her time there, highlights included leading Scheherazade under Yan Pascal Tortelier, performing Le Histoire du Soldat at Kings Place with Dame Harriet Walter, and leading the 2nd violins in the world premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies' opera Kommilitonen!. It was also in her first year at the Academy that she co-founded the Artesian Quartet. After completing undergraduate and Masters degrees, Kate stayed on at the Academy with her quartet for a further year as CAVATINA chamber fellows in 2014-15. During that year they were also selected as a ChamberStudio @ Kings Place quartet and had previously been both Park Lane Group and Britten Pears artists.

Born and raised in Sydney, Kate made the move to the UK in 2004 but loves getting back to Australia when she can to see her family, including two-year-old nephew Angus who has dubbed her 'Kake'. During her free time Kate is an avid reader and coffee fanatic, and enjoys discovering new recipes and ingredients whilst cooking or eating out with friends.