Canadian violinist Catherine Cosbey adores chamber music. She first graced the concert stage at the tender age of twelve as a member of her family ensemble, the Cosbey Trio, in a highly memorable guest artist appearance – memorable predominantly because they were two-thirds redheads. It is a believable scenario that the performance is only memorable in the mind of Ms. Cosbey who distinctly remembers the exhilarating feeling of being piqued by the performing bug.
Since then, Ms. Cosbey has performed all over the States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and has been inspired by collaborating with many generous artists, including Peter Frankl, Donald Weilerstein, James Dunham, the Tokyo Quartet, Richard Stoltzman, Peter Salaff, Zuill Bailey, and the Afiara Quartet.
As a founding member of the critically acclaimed Linden String Quartet, Ms. Cosbey is a prize-winner at the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the 2009 Coleman Competition, the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, and the 2011 Borcciani Competition.
An avid teacher, Ms. Cosbey has taught all over the United States and Canada. With the Linden String Quartet, she has been the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music, the Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, and has been in short- term residence all over the continent, including the Detroit Chamber Music Society, the University of Iowa, the Chamber Music Society of Logan, and Music at Port Milford. Ms. Cosbey is a member of the Pialli Quartet, who were the Quartet-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Mexico for the 2014-2015 season.
Catherine holds degrees from Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Yale School of Music where her principal teachers were Erika Raum and Paul Kantor. Other invaluable mentors include the Cavani Quartet, Peter Salaff, and the Tokyo Quartet.
Ms. Cosbey is proudly the Artistic Director of the Regina Chamber Music Festival, a week-long chamber music festival that works in collaboration with Regina Summer Strings to bring inspiring concerts and instruction to her hometown community in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.