Kirsten Docter is associate professor of viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. First prize wins at the Primrose International and American String Teachers Association Viola Competitions launched her on a career that includes a 23-year tenure with the Cavani Quartet, concerts on major series and festivals throughout North America, Europe, Australia and India, and numerous appointments as a master class clinician and teacher.
During her time as violist of the award-winning Cavani String Quartet, Docter performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Honolulu Chamber Music Society. The quartet was also honored with an award from ASCAP-Chamber Music America for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, and Guarneri String Quartet Residency Awards.
Docter’s festival appearances include performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Seattle, Kolkata Classics and Sitka Summer Music. She has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Alisa Weilerstein, Stephanie Blythe, and can be heard on the Azica, Albany, New World, and Gasparo labels.
Docter formerly served on the chamber music and viola faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is on the viola faculty of the Perlman Music Program and the Madeline Island Music Camp.