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Katharina Kang Litton, viola

Equally at home on both the Violin and Viola, Katharina Kang Litton has been Principal Viola of New York City Ballet since 2018. As a Violinist, she has performed as soloist with leading in orchestras in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Bergen, Baltimore, Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, New York and Rio de Janeiro.

Kang Litton has worked with such conductors as Dmitrij Kitajenko, Kirill Petrenko, Christoph Altstadt, Arnold Katz, Alondra de la Parra, and Neemi Jarvi.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has collaborated with such artist as Pinchas Zukerman, Midori Goto, Hagai Shaham, Viviane Hagner, Elmar Oliviera, Pavel Gililov, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Timothy Eddy, Franz Helmerson, Philip Setzer and the Schumann Quartet.

Kang Litton grew up in Germany where she studied at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf with Rosa Fain from the age of 9. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees at Manhattan School of Music as a student of Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. She received her Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo.

Kang Litton enjoys performing at international summer music festivals regularly and has recently taken part in world premieres by composers Nico Muhly, Dennis Bell and Ambrose Akinmusire.

In 2020, Kang Litton formed the Litton Duo with her husband, conductor and pianist Andrew Litton. Their first CD recording has been released on the BIS label.



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