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Celtic Violinist

Kat Glaze is a violinist, fiddler, singer and actor from Long Beach, California. Currently residing in Dallas, Texas, she is the resident violinist and concertmaster for the nationally acclaimed Turtle Creek Chorale and the orchestra at Cathedral of Hope under Artistic Director, Sean Baugh. Kat is also the fiddler for the Celtic Fusion group, 5 Second Rule.

 

As both an actor and pit musician for regional companies such as Dallas Theater Center ( 2017 Tony Award Winner for Best Regional Theater), Theatre Three and WaterTower Theater, her musicianship has been lauded as "ferocious string-play on the fiddle and violin."

Kat began her musical journey at the age of four as a classical student and began taking fiddle lessons a few years later. By the age of seven, Kat won her first fiddling contest at the Orange County Fair as the youngest fiddler and so began her dual love affair with the classical and traditional side of the instrument. At the age of nine, she was awarded a position as the youngest member of Young Musicians Foundation which led to performances for the Jerry Lewis Telethon and The Democratic National Convention in 2000 with Mark O'Connor performing Orange Blossom Special.

After a family move to Texas, Kat attended Texas Tech University on scholarship where she studied music performance and was heavily influenced by her time spent studying fiddle history and Celtic music. In 2009 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the International Music Academy in Plzen, Czech Republic where she studied improvisation under renowned fiddler, Bradley Phillips (Millish, The Verve Pipe, University of Michigan). It was this experience that led Kat to begin identifying her sound as a Celtic violinist. 

Due to her ability to improvise and weave her musical talents into any setting, Kat has made her name as a one-stop fiddling violinist performing with international and regional acts of all genres. Most notably, she was invited to perform with Chloë Agnew (Celtic Woman) as part of her opening act for Chicago in 2018. 

From 2017-2019, Kat was a member of Celtic rock group, Rathmore and opened for Charlie Daniels, Hunter Hayes and Billy Ray Cyrus at the State Fair of Texas before joining the Celtic fusion group, 5 Second Rule in 2019. 

During lockdown Kat went viral on TikTok for her performance of "Once Upon a December" which hit over 1.2 million views and led to the release of several subsequent singles by popular demand; all of which were recorded in her makeshift bedroom studio. Thanks to the support of her TikTok Krew, Kat will be releasing her debut Disney cover album, Kat & the Mouse, in December of 2021.

Most recently, Kat made her debut with the Allen Philharmonic performing part of Mark O'Connor's Strings and Threads Suite.

 

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