Principal, James Victor Miller Chair
Kevin Bate won the Principal Cellist audition in April 2019 after previously serving as Assistant Principal and Acting Principal. An active soloist and chamber musician, he has performed as featured soloist with orchestras in Europe and North America. In addition, he serves as Principal Cellist of Orchestra Kentucky and cellist of the Gloriosa Trio. Previously, he served as Principal Cellist and performed as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. In Evansville, as a member of the Eykamp String Quartet, he held the position of Artist in Residence at the University of Evansville.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bate studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. He received his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and a performance diploma from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with János Starker. His teachers include Adriana Contino, Eric Edberg and Uri Vardi.
Bate plays on a modern cello made by Turkish luthier Ersen Aycan and a German bow made by Hermann Richard Pfretzschner.