Kate Ellis

Cellist Kate Ellis has an admirable reputation as an instinctive and technically brilliant musician.

– The Irish Examiner

Cellist Kate Ellis is a versatile musician dedicated to the performance and exploration of all new music.

With an interest in the use of electronics, Kate has commissioned and premiered works by numerous Irish and International composers and has toured and broadcast in Australia, the USA, Europe and China. Kate has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Iarla O Lionaird, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey and plays regularly with Tarab, Yurodny and the Ergodos Musicians.

Kate is artistic director of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group, with whom she has been Cellist since 2002. As a member of Crash, Kate has collaborated with Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Terry Riley, Dawn Upshaw, Iarla O Lionaird and Gavin Friday, and has premiered works by Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigursson and Donnacha Dennehy. She has performed at the Canberra International Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon (NYC), Electric Picnic, with residencies at the 2012 Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival and Princeton University and performances at the Barbican Centre, Kings Place, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre.

Future projects include performances of newly commissioned works from Donnacha Dennehy and Double Bass player Barry Guy, performances with Gavin Bryars, solo shows with visual artist Rory Tangney and a collaboration with Jazz Musician Francesco Turrisi and singer Savina Yannatou. In August 2014 Kate released Jump – a CD of new commissioned works for cello and electronics on the Diatribe label.