Kate M. Ransom, President and CEO


Kate M. Ransom is an active recitalist and chamber musician who has presented hundreds of concerts throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Her performances include those in major chamber music concert halls around the world, including New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space and Lincoln Center; at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Teatro Real in Madrid; Wigmore Hall, St. John’s—Smith Square and the Warwick Gallery in London; and in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress. Devoted to organizational advancement in the arts, she has held executive positions at music schools since 1990 and is currently President and CEO of The Music School of Delaware.

Ms. Ransom is violinist with the Serafin String Quartet, which recently recorded its first commercial disc with Centaur, now in international release. The Quartet regularly performs in locations throughout the United States and is Ensemble in Residence for The University of Delaware.

Prior to her work with the Serafins, her debut violin recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall received high praise in The New York Times, where the performance was described this way: “Impassioned… considerable flair…a beautifully regulated account of the Brahms…a suitably misty and dark Debussy… clear articulation and unity of purpose.” Ms. Ransom was a founding and six-year member of the award-winning Alexander String Quartet during its prize-winning years and rise to international recognition.

In addition to her work with the Serafin String Quartet, Ms. Ransom frequently collaborates with other artists and has presented chamber music concerts with cellist Sadao Harada (founding cellist of the Tokyo Quartet), violinist William Preucil (the Cleveland Orchestra’s concertmaster), internationally acclaimed guitarist Eliot Fisk, pianist Sandra Rivers and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Cleveland, Atlanta and National Symphonies; the Empire Brass Quintet; and the Lark, Ciompi, Blair and Vega String Quartets. Ms. Ransom’s recent and upcoming recital and solo performances include the complete Beethoven sonatas on series in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Vermont (2010), the Mozart “Symphonie Concertante” (2009), and the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with William Preucil (2011).

A regular guest artist at the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, Kate Ransom has participated in numerous other festivals as well, including Bang on a Can, Garth Newel, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Norfolk Festival, Fanfare Festival and Classicopia. During 2010 she is visiting professor of violin at University of Delaware, and she has held prior positions at Lehigh University, State University of New York-Potsdam, St. Lawrence University and Brevard College. She often presents concerts, lecture-recitals and master classes at colleges and universities, having visited scores of locations around the country in this capacity.

Ms. Ransom earned degrees from Yale School of Music (M.M.) and University of Michigan School of Music (B.M., magna cum laude) and pursued post-graduate chamber music studies at The Juilliard School. She was a violin student of Paul Makanowitzky, Szymon Goldberg and Ivan Galamian and a chamber music protégé of the Tokyo String Quartet.

She has been featured on WQXR (New York), WRTI (Philadelphia), Radio London, Radio France and National Public Radio. Her recording credits include the Serafin’s recent release on Centaur, and previous recordings for Gallo, CRI Records and the Klavier label. Ms. Ransom plays a violin made in 1728 by the Venetian master Sanctus Serafin.



“Impassioned…the [Ransom/Sirianni] Duo played with considerable flair...a beautifully regulated account of the Brahms...a suitably misty and dark Debussy...Mozart’s sonata benefited from a clear articulation and unity of purpose.” - The New York Times

“Every note was played so well, every nuance so worked out, that the event was almost like listening to a flawless recording.” - The Nashville Tennessean


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