Delgani String Quartet violist Kimberlee Uwate is dedicated to creating shared musical experiences as a performer and teacher. An accomplished and versatile musician, Kimberlee has performed with quartets in Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, with orchestras in Carnegie Hall, with contemporary ensembles in the Chicago Cultural Center, and as a soloist in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Currently based in Eugene, Oregon, Kimberlee plays an integral part in shaping the artistic and educational visions of the Delgani String Quartet as both a core musician and a board member of the organization. She is also a member of the Eugene Symphony and in recent seasons has collaborated with the Jupiter String Quartet, Fritz Gearhart, Steven Pologe, and John Dee.
Kimberlee greatly values the opportunity to work with students and maintains her own private studio in Eugene and a studio of collegiate violists and violinists at Willamette University. As a teacher, Kimberlee strives to build connections between the composer, the student performer, and audience listener—acting as a guide for student discovery in the storytelling possibilities through music, the mechanics of the body that allow us to create a sound that communicates, and the human response that we as listeners have to music. As teaching artists, she and the Delgani Quartet work with students across the state of Oregon, partnering with schools and youth orchestras to work with music students and non-music students alike. Each summer, the quartet hosts their annual Delgani String Quartet Academy where students gather for a week of chamber music while also playing ping pong during the day and stargazing at night.
Kimberlee trained at the Manhattan School of Music, University of California at Davis, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She plays a late eighteenth-century viola named Abby.