San Diego, California USA
Kate Prestia-Schaub is an active, enthusiastic performing and recording artist in Southern California. With degrees in flute performance from the University of Southern California (MM) and Indiana University (BM), her primary teachers have been Jim Walker, Tom Robertello, Kate Lukas, and Maralyn Prestia. She is the first place winner of many prestigious competitions, most notably the National Flute Association Piccolo Artist Competition, the San Diego Flute Guild Artist Gold Competition, the Indiana University Woodwind Concerto Competition, and the Denver Young Artist Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Kate made her solo piccolo debut with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at age 18, and since then, has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Kate appears often at National Flute Association conventions, at the International Piccolo Symposium, as well as many other regional flute festivals. Kate is the principal flutist of the Temecula Valley Symphony, the duo Ekatra, and the West Coast Wind Quintet. She is a Powell Flutes “Master Teacher,” maintains “K8trills,” a private studio of young flutists in Southern California, as well as serves as the orchestral and chamber coach for winds at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Currently, she is president of the Music Teachers’ Association of California – Temecula Valley Branch, the San Diego Flute Guild, and has previously served on advisory boards for the National Flute Association and the California Chamber Orchestra. Her debut recording Timeless, with Martin Kennedy was released in 2013. For more information, please visit her website at: www.k8trills.com.
"I have been a Powell player since middle school - and have never been dissappointed. My flute and piccolo have always allowed me to play with a variety of color, natural range, and outstanding intonation. I love the artistry that goes into these beautiful instruments!"