Bassist Kathryn Schulmeister brings radiant energy and rigorous expression to her musical performance ranging from classical to experimental. With a fearless curiosity for collaborative environments, Kathryn’s enthusiasm for seeking opportunities to integrate improvisation, movement and theatre into her creative practice have led her to thrive as an active performer in festivals and venues around the world.  

Kathryn is one of the newest members of the renowned ELISION Ensemble. She also currently performs as a guest with Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Dal Niente, Fonema Consort, and various others. 

Equally passionate and experienced as an orchestral musician, Kathryn served as a core member of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra for three consecutive seasons from 2014-2017, and has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, the California Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Lyric Opera, the Maui Chamber Orchestra, and Hawaii Opera Theater.

 Kathryn is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance at the University of California, San Diego, studying with internationally acclaimed bassist/improviser/composer Mark Dresser. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and completed her Master of Music degree at McGill University in Montréal.

Double bassist Kathryn Schulmeister gave a stunning account of two pieces by Catalonian composer Joan Arnau Pàmies...turning an ostensibly ungainly instrument into a writhing white-hot crucible
— Simon Cummings, 5:4 Blog