Katharina Uhde, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, began playing the violin at the age of six. She is Assistant Professor in Violin and Musicology at Valparaiso University, IN. She holds Masters and Dr. Mus. degrees from the University of Michigan (Stephen Shipps) and an Artistic Diploma from the University of Music, Karlsruhe, where she studied with Ulf Hoelscher.
She has finished her PhD at Duke University in historical musicology under Prof. R. Larry Todd in 2014 with a dissertation titled ‘Joseph Joachim, Psychologische Musik and the Search for a New Music Aesthetic in the 1850s’. Dr. Uhde just finished her monograph The Music of Joseph Joachim (Boydell & Brewer, 2018), which is the first to treat the compositions of Joseph Joachim.
She has received a 2016 Newberry Fellowship (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), a 2013 Richard Wagner Stipendium, a Geiringer Award, and a Brahms House fellowship (2013 and 2016).
With the Viktor Ullmann Quartet she won 1st prize at the International Competition Concertino Praga, 1st prize in the International Competition Verfemte Musik, and 2nd prize in the International Competition Charles Hennen.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Göttinger Musikfreunde Orchestra, the Marburg University Orchestra, and the Belgrade University Orchestra and has toured as a soloist and chamber musician through Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Montenegro, Israel and Brazil.
In May 2013 her first CD appeared featuring romantic Brazilian piano trio repertory. Uhde is currently engaged in a recording of the Beethoven Sonatas with R. Larry Todd. In March 2017 Uhde performed the Beethoven Cycle Part I with world-renowned pianist Bruno Canino.
In 2018 and 2019 Uhde will appear as a soloist in Baden-Baden (with Baden-Baden Philharmonie) and in Ann Arbor (University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra) to perform with orchestra two recently discovered virtuoso fantasias by Joachim, of which she is currently preparing a Bärenreiter Urtext edition.
Dr. Uhde’s work on Joachim, Brahms, and Beethoven has earned her invitations to lecture and give lecture recitals in several European and American settings, including the conference of the RMA (Bristol, September 2018), the MUSA 2018 (Music and Sonic Arts, June 28, Karlsruhe), the conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (Cork, June 2018), the American Musicological Society (Rochester, November 2017), the conference “Rethinking the Dynamics of Musical Nationalism International Conference” (September, 2017), the International Joseph Joachim Conference (2016), the American Musicological Society (2015), the 19th-Century Salon Conference Ireland (2015), the Beethoven New Research Conference Bonn (2014 and 2016), the Maison Heinrich Heine, Paris, the Schumann House, and the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe.