About Kallie Sugatski
Guest Violist, Welcome to Chamber Music Concert
Violist Kallie Sugatski performs regularly with Pittsburgh Symphony, New York City Ballet, International Contemporary Ensemble, New Jersey Symphony, New York City Opera, and on Broadway. She has also appeared with Ben Folds, Norah Jones, Ray Lamontagne, The National, Andrea Bocelli, and Stevie Wonder.
Feminist Counterpoint, Kallie’s solo project, champions music written in her lifetime by women, trans, and nonbinary composers. This initiative amplifies underrepresented voices by commissioning new works, reinforcing the existing repertoire, and reaching new audiences through nontraditional performances. Concerts have included an amplified recital in Times Square, a workshop at Girls Rock Camp, a West Coast solo tour, and performances for viola and electronics at New Music Gathering, Areté Gallery, and Symphony Space.
In Maine, Kallie is organizing/curating outdoor distanced concerts for her newest project Vigorous Tenderness. A catalyst for radical change in the arts, Vigorous Tenderness presents relevant, powerful concert experiences that respond to immediate social, political, and environmental circumstances. These experimental performances resemble an art museum experience, with chamber music ensembles spread across the landscape while the audience forges a self-curated path through the installation. The programming highlights BIPOC and queer composers, and features some of Maine's most thoughtful musicians. For more info, visit https://www.kallieviola.com/vigorous-tenderness
Other performance highlights include playing Cuban music as a regular guest with Toomai Quintet, a recital of tiny viola pieces for Maine Public’s Tiny Screen series, making music for voters waiting in line, and chamber music tours and festivals across the country. Kallie was a member of New World Symphony, where she was co-principal violist under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas, and gave her solo debut as part of their John Cage festival. She has been featured on NPR twice, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Her playing can be heard on over 50 recordings and soundtracks, including Judas and the Black Messiah, and other grammy-winning albums.
Kallie is a native of Portland, Maine and holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music. In her spare time she is a long-distance backpacker, ocean swimmer, and nature enthusiast. The Portland String Quartet is thrilled that she has decided to join us for this year's Welcome to Chamber Music concert!