Kate Worley commenced Suzuki violin lessons at the age of eight in her hometown of Adelaide. A love of music-making with her peers was cultivated in Kate from an early age, and she eventually became involved with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and subsequently the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO). It was at her first AYO National Music Camp in 2013 that Kate first seriously considered pursuing a career in music. Kate has since performed nationally and internationally with the AYO, holding principal positions on both violin and viola.
In 2015, Kate moved to Brisbane to commence violin studies at the Queensland Conservatorium with Michele Walsh, as a Sir Samuel Griffith scholar. During her time at the Conservatorium, she was concertmaster of the Symphony and Opera Orchestras and recipient of the Matilda Jane Aplin, John Curro Viola and Ross Peters 4MBS Chamber Music prizes. Kate completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2018 and upon graduation was awarded the Conservatorium and University medals.
Kate’s years in Brisbane afforded her many opportunities to develop her love for chamber music. She was privileged to be mentored by Meta Weiss, Stephen Emmerson, Paul Dean, Graeme Jennings and Virginia Taylor, among others, in her Conservatorium ensembles, also participating in masterclasses with the Australian and Brodsky String Quartets. One of the highlights of this period was being part of the quartet selected to perform in Montreal at the Musical Chairs Festival in March 2018.
Outside of the Conservatorium, Kate has played with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, and AYO’s Momentum Ensemble, as well as at the Bangalow, Canberra International, and Coramba Chamber Music Festivals.
In the latter part of 2017, Kate found herself playing the viola (of all things!) in a chamber group. Having always loved playing second fiddle, she quite quickly grew fond of the deep sound, quirky character and musically diverse role of the viola. Kate found the relationship between her violin and viola playing quite fascinating, and subsequently explored this topic in her Honours thesis. As a violinist, Kate found that playing the viola enabled her to understand and enjoy the intricacies of music-making on a deeper level. This is something she hopes to explore further this year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) as she commences viola studies with Caroline Henbest.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Michael & Lizanne Goodwin, Michael Schwarz & David Clouston, Colin Golvan AM QC & Deborah Golvan, Hywel Sims, Sheila Hirst & Kym Thompson, Richard O'Dwyer, Rod Hunt & Michael Sharpe
Kate plays a Sato-Goodsell viola, purchased with the generous assistance of the Lesley McMullin Foundation
Photo and video by Pia Johnson