Kate Lewis is a multi-genre guitarist, educator and researcher. She began her guitar studies through the Trinity College of Music in London and earned a BMus(Hons) and MMus in Music Performance at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. At USC she studied with Maestro Scott Tennant and participated in masterclasses with some of the world’s leading classical guitarists including Pepe Romero, Christopher Parkening and Roland Dyens. In 2018, Kate completed a PhD in Musicology with a focus on popular guitar research, working with supervisors Dr Milton Mermikides and Professor Allan Moore.
Kate began her teaching career at the University of Southern California, and has held the position of music lecturer at a number of universities internationally, including California State University, Northridge and the University of Surrey.
Kate has performed extensively in the US and Europe as a classical soloist and as a member of numerous chamber ensembles (including 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 addition to being a prize-winning classical guitarist, Kate has extensive performing and recording experience with popular music groups, playing with a number of bands in the alternative rock and pop scene in Los Angeles and in the UK.
From 2002 – 2012, Kate served on the Board of Trustees for the Guitar Foundation of America and is currently the musical director of the Hastings and Rother Classical Guitar Society. Kate is a member of the American Guitar Society (AGS), Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), European Guitar Teacher Association (EGTA), Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT) Royal Musical Association (RMA) and International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).