Katharine Knight

Katharine Knight

Adjunct Faculty

What I do

Adjunct Faculty, Chamber Music



Professional Biography

An accomplished performer, collaborator, teacher and instrumentalist, cellist Katharine Knight has brought her strong commitment and depth of understanding to all aspects of her musical artistry.

She co-founded the Colorado-based Da Vinci Quartet, with whom she performed and recorded extensively from 1980 to 2005, while creating innovative educational presentations in unique settings and expanding the reach of chamber music in the region. Developing an extensive repertoire, the Quartet championed works by women, celebrated the many contributions of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge to the chamber music lexicon, performed and commissioned new works as well as presenting more traditional projects such as performing the entire cycle of Beethoven's works for string quartet. As a member of the Quartet, she was a prize winner in both the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition and the Naumberg Prize.

She has served as a faculty member at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Colorado College as well as teaching as a visiting artist at many colleges and universities throughout America while on tour.

For the past two decades, Knight has coached string quartets and other chamber ensembles as a member of the faculty of the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Since 2013, she has partnered with Denver Friends of Chamber Music, mentoring Lamont students' visits to Denver Public Schools in support of young instrumentalists in the community. In addition, from 2005 to 2014, she counseled the school's music students as the career development specialist as well as teaching courses in business skills for musicians.

Her advocacy for chamber music engagement extends to musicians of all levels of expertise and age. While maintaining a private studio of adult cello students, Knight supports avocational as well as professional ensemble work, coaching groups from many of the Denver area orchestras, such as Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, the Arapahoe and Denver Philharmonic Orchestras.

A native of Baltimore, Knight attended the Peabody Institute where she studied with a succession of protégés of the great Russian cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky – principally Stephen Kates and Laurence Lesser, whom she followed to the New England Conservatory in Boston for graduate studies. She received a master of music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as teaching assistant to Wolfgang Laufer, cellist of the Fine Arts Quartet.

Knight performs on a cello made by Sigrun Seifert and Joseph Grubaugh in 1997, sometimes with fellow cellist, husband Richard Slavich in a duo known as Hot Celli.


  • BM, Cello Performance, Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins University
  • MM, Cello Performance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1981