Kate Lewis is a British-born, multi-genre guitarist and educator who divides her time between the UK and USA. She began her classical guitar studies with the Trinity College of Music in London and earned a Bachelor’s (BMus Hons, 1998) and Master’s Degree (MMus, 2000) in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. At USC she studied with Scott Tennant, James Smith and William Kanengiser (chamber music) and participated in master classes with some of the world’s leading classical guitarists including Pepe Romero, Christopher Parkening and Roland Dyens. Kate began her teaching career at USC, is Director of Guitar Studies at Los Angeles Valley College and is also a member of the music faculty at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles.
Kate has performed extensively in the US and Europe as a classical soloist and as a member of numerous chamber ensembles (Out Strung Duo, Critical Mass Duo). She has been broadcast on radio stations throughout the US and Europe and has numerous credits as a session musician in Los Angeles. As well as being a prize-winning classical guitarist, Kate has extensive performing and recording experience with popular music groups from an all female jazz/rock trio to a classical/pop ensemble to many “straight-ahead” rock bands.
In 2012, Kate began work on a PhD in Musicology at the University of Surrey in the UK, working with supervisors Dr. Timothy Hughes, Professor Allan Moore, Dr Milton Mermikides and Dr Jeremy Barham. Currently, her dissertation research is focused on the contributions of pioneering female guitarists in 20th century popular music, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Memphis Minnie, Mother Maybelle Carter and Mary Osborne.
From 2002 – 2012, Kate served on the Board of Trustees for the Guitar Foundation of America and is currently a member of the American Guitar Society, American String Teacher Association, Guitar Foundation of America, European Guitar Teacher Association, Registry of Guitar Tutors, College Music Society, American Musicological Society, Royal Musical Association, International Association for the Study of Popular Music and Society for American Music.