Katja Yeager

Viola, Violin Teacher

Katja Yeager

SAA Member


Cleveland Heights, OH
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Katja Yeager is an active orchestral player, chamber musician, and dedicated teacher. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Viola Performance under the mentorship of Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. Katja’s orchestral experience as a leader and section player includes performances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, New World Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and Aspen Music Festival Conducting Academy, under distinguished conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Valery Gergiev, Lahav Shani, Matthias Pintscher, and Fabio Luisi. In addition to her Proms debut at Royal Albert Hall in 2013 as a member of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States, Katja toured Southeast Asia with the Lincoln Center Stage Piano Quintet aboard the MS Westerdam in 2019. An active and versatile chamber musician, she frequently performs classical, tango, jazz, and contemporary music. Previous years have seen Katja performing at private events, community concerts, and at American music festivals including the Castleman Quartet Program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival as a fellowship recipient. Initially trained as a violinist in the Northern Virginia area where she grew up, she credits the foundations of her musical appreciation and technique to her very first teachers, David Strom and Tsuna Sakamoto. Other influential teachers and mentors include Daniel Foster, George Taylor, Victoria Chiang, Caroline Coade, and Dimitri Murrath. Katja is currently a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.