Katherine Palumbo is a pianist, vocalist and advocate for the performance of contemporary music. As a founding member of both the Trillium Ensemble and Khasma Piano Duo she is passionate about collaborating with others and has premiered pieces by notable composers such as James Romig, Robert Morris, Federico Garcia, Efrain Amaya, Nathan Hall, Matthew Heap, and Mark Fromm. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Palumbo has performed with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Alia Musica, OvreArts and has performed live on Classical WQED 89.3 FM. She has worked as an accompanist at Duquesne University, a vocal coach and accompanist for Chatham University’s Minna Kaufmann Ruud Scholars, and director of music for Incarnation of the Lord Catholic Church. Most recently she performed The Silent Spring Project with the Trillium Ensemble as part of the New Hazlett Theater’s 2015/2016 CSA (Community Supported Art) Performance Series, and released debut albums with both Khasma (Switchback in November 2015) and Trillium (Silent Spring in April 2016).
Palumbo earned her degree in piano performance from Bucknell University where she studied with Barry Hannigan. Other notable piano teachers include Maria Caruso and Ralph Zitterbart of Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Alexander Technique teaching certificate from the Philadelphia School of the Alexander Technique under the instruction of Martha Hansen Fertman. Currently she teaches piano and the Alexander Technique from her home in Pittsburgh. Upcoming performances in 2017 include a performance of The Silent Spring Project with Trillium in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University and CAPA in March, and a concert of two piano and four-hand contemporary works with Khasma at Marshall University in April.