Blue Violet Duo

Kate Carter, violin

Louise Chan, piano

January 26, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947) – Fantasy Etudes for Violin and Piano (1992) (11′)

I. Countdown

II. Lyric

III. Rough Rhythms

IV. Romance

V. Strolling on Frederick Street


Florence Price (1887-1953) – 3 pieces for violin and piano (1929) (11’)

I. Andante con espressione

II. Deserted Garden

III. Elfentanz 


William Grant Still (1895-1978) – Suite for Violin and Piano (1943) (15’)

I. African Dancer

II. Mother and Child

III. Gamin

Formed in 2013, Chicago-based Blue Violet Duo was born of friendship and musical kinship and enjoyed immediate recognition, winning a competition that led to their performance in Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York City in February of 2014. Their 2018 debut album, American Souvenirs, received critical recognition and was selected as WFMT’s “New Release of the Day” in October 2018. Stringendo magazine wrote that the duo “excel at both extremes, from the nuanced and restrained to the incandescent and extravagant.” They enjoy bringing to light lesser-known, engaging works to surprise and delight audiences everywhere. Their second album is currently in post production with an expected release later this year. Updates on the duo’s activities can be found at

Kate Carter is a versatile violinist specializing in chamber music. She enjoys a varied career as a recitalist, orchestral player and teacher, and is passionate about new music. A California native, she is proud to call Chicago her adopted hometown.Recent activities since the onset of the pandemic include recording a second album of American works with Blue Violet Duo to be released later this year, as well as co-founding the Pyrenean String Quartet. She is also active as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Musicians Club of Women, serving as Performance Chair. Dr. Carter holds degrees from Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music. She plays on a modern Italian violin that was built for her by Jamie Lazzara.

As a concerto soloist, Kate has performed many times with the Elmhurst Symphony, where she is also Assistant Concertmaster. Other concerto appearances have included with the Mid-Columbia Symphony, South Orange County Chamber Orchestra, UCI Symphony, and others. As an ensemble member, she has recorded for Cedille Records with Camerata Chicago, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and Ensemble Nouvelle Epoque. She has performed with Chicago-area orchestras including the Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Pianist Louise Chan, a native of Ottawa, Canada, has performed as a solo and chamber musician for audiences across North America, including venues such as Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Weill Hall in New York, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is a past winner of the Canadian Music Competition, and has appeared as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Northwestern Summer Orchestra. Dr. Chan held the position of Principal Pianist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2010, and has served as a substitute keyboardist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 2017. She is on the piano faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, and also serves as an piano examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her degrees are from Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music.

Dr. Chan performs regularly as a solo, chamber, and orchestral pianist. Highlights from the 2019-2020 season, pre-lockdown, included a concerto solo with the Music Institute of Chicago Community Orchestra as well as appearances on Live From WFMT, Fulcrum Point New Music Project’s “Aux In: Connected!” Series, and the George Crumb Festival. Post-lockdown, she sewed for a mask drive, folded a lot of origami, and made Acapella videos performing piano duets with herself.


Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Don’t miss Geneva Lewis and Sahun Sam Hong

next week on the

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts!

Wednesday February 2, 12:15pm

Pin It on Pinterest