Kathy Almquist is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and Yale University. Her teachers include violists Patricia McCarty, Harold Coletta, Lawrence Dutton and Jesse Levine. An experienced orchestral player, she is a former member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and has also performed in the orchestra of the The National Opera of Finland and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Passionate about teaching, Kathy has extensive training in Suzuki Method in both viola and violin, including Long Term Training with Teri and David Einfeldt. Past teaching positions include the Hartt School Suzuki Program, the Suzuki School of Newton as well as being viola faculty and Upper String Coordinator of the Intensive Community Program of the Boston Youth Symphony.
Her students have been recipients of awards from the Virtu Foundation and the Rosemary Glyde Scholarship from the New York Viola Society. Two of her viola students have been featured on the Public Radio program “From the Top.” Former students have moved on to Colleges and Conservatories including, Curtis Institute, The Julliard School (both college and pre-college), Harvard University, Amherst College, University of Michigan, The Shepard School of Music and Northwestern University.
In Fall of 2019 she joined the faculty at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas, after several years of having her own thriving private studio in Ann Arbor which included violin and viola students from age 4 through high school. She is in demand as guest clinician at Suzuki Workshops and summer Institutes and is presently the viola faculty at the Lone Star Young Artists Program.