Kate Carter, violin Louise Chan, piano
Blue Violet Duo "excel at both extremes, from the nuanced and restrained to the incandescent and extravagant" (Stringendo magazine). Formed in 2013, the Chicago based duo was born of a friendship and musical kinship and enjoyed immediate recognition, winning a competition that led to their performance in Carnegie's Weill Hall in New York in February of 2014. Promoting music of today's composers is an important part of their mission, and they have premiered works written for the duo by Amos Gillespie, Don Meyer, and John Nichols III, as well as many other works by today's composers. Their critically acclaimed 2018 debut album, American Souvenirs, funded in part by a grant from Chicago's DCASE, was selected as WFMT's "New Release of the Day" in October 2018. They have been invited for repeat performances on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, most recently in January 2022. They enjoy bringing to light lesser-known, engaging works to surprise and delight audiences everywhere.
Photo: Forestt LaFave
Our latest album, "Strike, Strum and Stride", was released by Centaur Records on January 13, 2023! Irene Britton Smith's Sonata, from this album, was featured on 98.7 WFMT's program Music in Chicago on January 23, 2023. We are grateful to be recipients of a grant from the Musicians Club of Women to help fund this project. Hear us discuss the music on our album below!
Morton Gould's Suite for Violin and Piano has been fancifully animated to an original screenplay by John Griffin. Watch Part 1 here, and then stream the entire suite from our album below!
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Photo below from our release concert at the Epiphany Center for the Arts in Chicago on January 22, 2023. Thank you to all of those who attend in person and via livestream; we had a blast! Also thank you to Brady Miller, who plays drums on Stewart Copeland's Celeste!