“Cellist Kate Ellis has an admirable reputation as an instinctive and technically brilliant musician.” The Irish Examiner
Kate was surrounded by music from an early age. With the radio playing constantly at home, she developed an eclectic taste in music. During her childhood years Kate began to investigate, dabbling between school recorder classes, strumming the guitar, banging the piano and blowing into various reeded instruments. She then decided that the Cello would be an interesting instrument to explore and that was that. After studies at the Purcell School and the junior department of the Royal College of Music in London, Kate moved across the sea to Dublin and four years later graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
With an interest in contemporary music from her time at the Purcell School, Kate became Cellist with the Crash Ensemble in 2002 and has since joined a revolving cast of new music groups for various performances and recordings. With a passion for the unknown, and the chance meeting of various musical minds including Karan Casey, Gavin Friday and the musicians of Tarab and Yurodny, Kate continues to tour and perform extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, the US and Australia.
Taking a more curatorial approach to her work, Kate is co-curator and co-founder of the highly successful ‘Kaleidoscope Night’. In July 2011 Kate became musician in residence at the Cork Opera House working as co-curator of the Reich Effect, a festival marking the 75th year of Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Reich. Kate is continuing her residency throughout 2012-2013 performing and curating her own nights of music in collaboration with musicians and other artists all working to expand the confines of their chosen genres. Inspired by these collaborations ,Kate has joined forces with 6 diverse musicians, 2 visual artists and a poet for a new project RESOUND, presenting original music with live visuals.
More recently and to much excitement, Kate has been appointed co-artistic director of the Crash Ensemble.