Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 2000, Catherine Schubilske performed, recorded and toured with the Chicago Symphony as an extra musician. She was also a tenured member of the Milwaukee Symphony, Honolulu Symphony and Santa Fe Opera. She is fortunate to have played in all of the Minnesota Orchestra complete recording cycles of the symphonies of Beethoven, Sibelius and Mahler with Music Director Osmo Vänskä. As a soloist she has appeared several times with the Milwaukee Symphony and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra.
A frequent participant in the Minnesota Orchestra’s chamber music series, she also enjoys playing chamber music with the Hill House Chamber Players, on the Joya series in Anoka and at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. She has performed at the Bach Aria Festival, Strings in the Mountains Festival in Steamboat Springs, and in a Dame Myra Hess concert broadcast in Chicago.
Schubilske studied pedagogy with Mimi Zweig at I.U. Bloomington, and enjoys teaching privately at her home in Shoreview. Together with violinist Pamela Arnstein, she taught an El Sistema class of young violinists at Nellie Stone Johnson School in North Minneapolis for five years.
Schubilske completed undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, studying with Jens Ellerman and winning the Hermann Violin Scholarship competition. She earned a master’s degree in violin performance from Indiana University; while there she studied with Franco Gulli and won the Indianapolis Young Artist award. Post-graduate violin studies were with Vartan Manoogian, Burton Kaplan and Lea Foli.