Flutist Katrina Walter's orchestral career has led her throughout the United States, Eastern Europe, and South Korea. As a member of the New World Symphony from 2007 to 2011, she performed regularly under the baton of renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Currently a freelance flutist in San Francisco, Katrina is a member of the Marin Symphony.
Ms. Walter has been fortunate to work with many world-class musicians, including noted conductors such as Marin Alsop, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Oliver Knussen, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Peter Oundjian, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Michael Stern, Osmo Vänskä, Mark Wigglesworth, and David Zinman. In 2008, Katrina was privileged to perform chamber music with world-famous flutist Paula Robison, and she has shared a stage in an orchestral setting with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Jeremy Denk, Vladimir Feltsman, Renée Fleming, Alban Gerhardt, Garrick Ohlsson, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Serkin, and Gil Shaham. In 2012, Katrina served as Guest Principal Flute of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, appearing on three of their Naxos label recordings. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and the Utah Symphony, and has been a frequent substitute musician for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Florida Grand Opera.
Also accomplished as a soloist, Katrina’s solo performance highlights include winning the 2006 concerto competition at the Music Academy of the West, as well as flute recitals on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Orpheus Young Artist Series, and the Noonday Concert Series at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. She has performed concerti with the Marin Symphony and at the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo. Radio broadcasts of her recitals and other solo performances have been featured on classical music stations WFMT-Chicago, WNIB, and KDB-FM. Katrina has been a winner of competitions sponsored by the New York Flute Club, Union League Civic and Arts Foundation of Chicago, Musicians Club of Women, Flute Society of Washington, Society of American Musicians, Chicago Flute Club, Music Teacher's National Association, and National Flute Association.
A graduate of Northwestern University (BM, summa cum laude) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM), Katrina has also studied and performed at a number of music festivals: the Tanglewood Music Center, the Music Academy of the West, and the Aspen, Spoleto USA, and Castleton Music Festivals. Her principal teachers were Timothy Day, Walfrid Kujala, and Donna Milanovich, with additional influence from Donald Peck, Richard Graef, and Mark Sparks.