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Katie Yap, viola

Katie Yap grew up playing the violin and piano in her hometown of Brisbane. Shortly before starting her Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland (UQ), she fell in love with the viola and has never looked back since! Katie studied with Patricia Pollett at UQ, graduating with Honours and a University Medal. She then spent three years studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under Caroline Henbest and Christopher Moore.

Katie enjoys many different types of music making in ensembles large and small. She plays with several orchestras, including the Australian World Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and was Associate Principal Viola with Orchestra Victoria in 2015. While a student at ANAM, she was introduced to historically informed performance practice, and has found herself more and more drawn to the style. She has since joined groups such as the Ironwood Ensemble, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, and brand new baroque orchestra Bach Akademie Australia.

In 2017, Katie pursued her love of baroque music and the style by taking part in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Canada. Tafelmusik is a world-renowned baroque orchestra, and the Summer Institute is a holistic training program in performance practice. Not only does it include private lessons, masterclasses and ensemble work, but also baroque dance classes and lectures on aspects of the style.

Apart from classical music, Katie also plays Scottish, Irish and Canadian folk music, and is particularly interested in folk music from the baroque period and how the two styles mix. In her spare time, she likes to explore a wide range of musical contexts, including busking, improvising, teaching and community music. She has a chronic sweet tooth, and firmly believes that it is always the right time to eat chocolate!