Halifax-based classical record label Leaf Music is pleased to announce that east coast violist Kate Read is joining the label’s roster.
After almost a decade performing in ensembles (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, The Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra, MiNensemblet) and touring Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, the USA, the Far East and South America, Kate Read returned to Newfoundland and rejoined the Atlantic String Quartet (winners of Music NL Classical Musicians of the year, 2021) and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra as Principal Violist.
Kate has long been active in multimedia productions, in the various roles of performer, producer, commissioner and visual designer. Co-founder and co-producer of multimedia Ensemble Meduse (2004-2008), Kate has also collaborated in productions with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Sound Symposium (NL), Memorial University (NL), Arkora (Canada), Bodø Sinfonietta (Norway) and Opera North (UK). Kate recently co-founded the Harbourlight Quartet. Kate is currently working on an improvisation project with Michelle Lacour, musician and sound engineer based in St. John’s.
As part of her first project with Leaf, Read is recording her debut solo album, featuring works by B Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Nico Muhly and J.S.Bach as well as two new commissions by Andrew Staniland and Benton Roark and an improvised piece with Michelle LaCour on electronics.
“We are so excited to welcome Kate Read, the first artist from The Rock to join our roster. Kate spent several years abroad playing in some of the world’s best orchestras. We are thrilled that she has now joined our team to work toward our shared vision of championing new Canadian works on her upcoming debut album. It’s a privilege to be a part of her team as she shares her talent in the coming years.” –Ben B. Creelman, associate producer – Leaf Music
Kate is beyond thrilled to have joined Leaf Music’s roster and to have them oversee the production of her first solo album. She looks forward to collaborating with this amazing team of creative individuals.