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Acclaimed by the New York Times for her "meditative" playing, Katie Reimer is a New York City based concert pianist with broad interests as both a soloist and collaborative musician.  She has performed extensively across the United States, and internationally in Vienna, Kaunas, and Stockholm.  Her solo and chamber appearances in New York City include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Symphony Space, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Klavierhaus, Tenri Cultural Institute, and Le Poisson Rouge.  She has appeared as both a soloist and collaborative musician in two leading Boston venues, Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall.  


Ms. Reimer was engaged by Bridge Records  to be the Artistic Director for a Fall 2012 release of Mohammed Fairouz 's debut opera, Sumeida's Song, alongside Grammy award winning producer David Starobin.  She engaged Scott Dunn , Associate conductor of the LA Philharmonic Hollywood Bowl Orchestra , to work with an orchestra of 48 exceptional young artists and 4 outstanding singers for this project.  Her first commercial recording was released in November 2011, a disc by Sono Luminus featuring solo and chamber music by Mohammed Fairouz, a composer she has championed for over 9 years.  She is both the pianist and the Executive Producer for the disc, and she engaged artists including the Lydian String Quartet, and James Orleans, double bass player in the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  The disc was selected by New York’s WQXR as their Q2 Music Album of the Week, was called ‘winningly cosmopolitan’ by the San Francisco Chronicle, and noted for its ‘versatility’ by Chicago’s WFMT.  It also received a GRAMMY Nomination in the category of Classical Producer of the year, with Dan Merceruio.

 

Ms. Reimer curated and performed on a concert in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in April, 2011, as a celebration concert for Pulitzer Prize winning composer Gunther Schuller's  85th birthday, a performance that was reviewed by the New York Times.  She has been invited by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts to perform on their series, by Malcolm Peyton to perform on his faculty concert in Jordan Hall, alongside the Borromeo String Quartet.  She was also invited bySteve Drury to perform at The Stone, by Musicians for Harmony on their series in Merkin Hall, and by the New York City based ensemble, counter)inductionto perform at Merkin Concert Hall.  

 

Strongly committed to contemporary music, Ms. Reimer founded the Mimesis Ensemble in the Fall, 2008, a New York City based ensemble dedicated to 20th and 21st century music, and is currently the pianist and Artistic and Executive Director for the group.  Vivien Schweitzer from the New York Times lauded their ‘appealing program’ in 2012, and Sherri Rase from Qonstage called the group ‘brilliant.’  Ms. Reimer has engaged guest artists such as the Borromeo String Quartet, Randall Scarlata, and Min Xiao-Fen to appear with the ensemble.  She has organized over 30 concerts in their first four seasons, programming and working with composers such as Thomas Ades , Martin Bresnick, Richard DanielpourHalim El-Dabh, Mohammed Fairouz, Gabriel Kahane, Tobias Picker, Ned Rorem, Kaija Saariaho, Gunther Schuller, and Yehudi Wyner.

 

Ms. Reimer is a passionate educator, and has been invited perform and lecture at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and the Northeastern Wisconsin Piano Teachers' Association.  She holds degrees from the Boston Conservatory, and Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music (Magna Cum Laude), and spent a semester studying in Vienna, Austria through IES Abroad.


Updated March, 2013.

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