Described as a “strong and exciting performer” who plays with “musical feeling and great technical skill” by the New York Classical Review, Chicago-based pianist Katherine Petersen enjoys a versatile career performing and educating young musicians across the nation. Currently she is the core pianist for Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, a chamber group that taps the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create engaging performances and interactive educational programs, forging meaningful partnerships with unexpected venues and artists of other disciplines.


In the past, Petersen has held staff collaborative pianist positions at the Conservatory and Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Killington Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and she was a pianist for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Standard Life Competition wind and brass division. Equally dedicated to the two facets of her career, Petersen is in demand as an educator and enjoys giving clinics and workshops at music schools across the nation. She is currently on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, Chicago High School for the Arts, and the Fresh Inc. Festival. Ms. Petersen is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and Schulich School of Music of McGill University where her principal teachers included Vivian Weilerstein, Stéphane Lemelin, and Sara Laimon.