Kirsten Docter

Kirsten Docter is a member of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award-winning Cavani String Quartet. She was the first prize winner of the Primrose International and American String Teachers Association Viola Competitions. As a member of the Cavani Quartet, Ms. Docter performs regularly in major series and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Appearances include the Carnegie Hall Centennial Series in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Festival de L’Epau in France. The Quartet records for the Azica Records label.

Docter has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Donald Weilerstein, Franklin Cohen, Warren Jones and Stephanie Blythe. A member of the viola and chamber music faculties at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she also runs the string chamber music program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Docter has performed and taught at numerous summer festivals including Interlochen Arts Camp, Madeline Island Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Yale Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk, Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, the Mimir Festival and Perlman Music Program.

She was a featured artist at the 36th International Viola Congress in Phoenix, AZ and served on the jury of the 13th Primrose International Viola Competition. Major teachers include Karen Tuttle, Jeffery Irvine and Lynne Ramsey.

Docter studied Suzuki violin with Nancy Ohnstad and Mark Bjork in Minneapolis and and Tove Detreköly in Copenhagen, Denmark. She resides in Cleveland, OH, with her husband, Paul Cox, and their two sons, Sebastian and Benjamin, both Suzuki cello students.

Meet the Cavani Quartet

July 10, 2008 by Kirsten Docter, Annie Fullard, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Merry Peckham, Mari Sato

Annie Fullard, Violin Mari Sato, Violin Kirsten Docter, Viola Merry Peckham, Cello It was a pleasure to interview the Cavani String Quartet for the SAA Board’s series “Meet Our Honorary Board Members.” We had an engaging hour filled with intellectual conversation, passion towards music… Read more ▶


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