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Katie Kresek

Katie Kresek


Katie Kresek maintains a dynamic career of multi-genre musical artistry as a violinist, violist, arranger, orchestrator, educator, writer, music coordinator, and host. She has most recently recorded albums with Norah Jones, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Five For Fighting, The Hot Sardines, Breaking Benjamin, Phillip Phillips, and Zayn Malik. Recent tours include Adele 25 Live in both Europe and North America, Five For Fighting Live with String Quartet, Elbow's 2014 North American Tour, Rod Stewart at Madison Square Garden, and in Europe, US, Japan, and Latin American as the lead violinist and strings arranger for Lana Del Rey. In June of 2015 she was invited to serve as the concertmaster of David Byrne's Contemporary Color Project, performing shows with Byrne, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, and Lucius in shows in Toronto and New York. She has also collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Roseanne Cash, Diana Krall, St. Vincent, A Great Big World, Bastille, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Adele, Phillip Phillips, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (with the Steep Canyon Rangers), Alicia Keys, Kanye West, O.A.R. (Of A Revolution), Shakira, KD Lang, Chris Martin (Coldplay), Josh Groban, John Mayer, Jewel, Lenny Kravitz, Joanna Newsom, Enya, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, Ayo, Maya Isacowitz, Misterwives, Chilly Gonzales, Chromeo, Mt. Eden, The French Gentlemen, Frank Ocean, MNDR, She & Him, Amber Rubarth, Billy Porter, and many others. Her most recent arranging projects include Jonathan Coulton's album Some Guys, Phillip Phillips Behind The Light, and Lana Del Rey's Body Electric on the Paradise LP which was nominated for a Grammy. Her work in television includes performances on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with Steven Colbert, American Idol, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, CBS The Early Show, The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, and the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. In film, Ms. Kresek has recorded soundtracks for Music and Lyrics, The Last New Yorker, Our Disappeared, and Alive Inside. Her Broadway credits include Hamilton, The Cher Show, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, American Idiot, The Lion King, Chaplin, Follies, Cinderella, The Phantom of the Opera, Gigi, Honeymoon in Vegas, Matilda, Pippin, On The Town, A Minister's Wife, Giant, and most recently Frozen and The Cher Show. She is currently the Concertmaster and co-orchestrator of the Grammy-nominated Moulin Rouge! the Musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway.

Katie holds a BA in literature and BFA in music performance and a certificate in Arts Management from Purchase College, an MM in music performance from The Mannes College of Music, and an Ed. M. and Ed. D. in music and music education from Columbia University. An accomplished teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education, The New York Philharmonic, and many other cultural organizations, she is well known in the arts in education community for her education programs as well as her research and writings on music teaching artists, and has taught all over the United States and in France, The United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, Abu Dhabi, Italy, and The Philippines. She currently teaches at St. John's University and Columbia University Teachers College.

Professional Experience

  • Broadway
  • Off Broadway
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • TV/Film
  • Tours


  • NYC/Tri-State Area

Hireable as

  • Orchestrator
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Classroom music teacher at an educational institution
  • Other

My Instruments

  • Mandolin
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Violin - fiddle
  • Voice


  • Finale
  • Sibelius




  • She/Her