Kathryn Bates

String Instruments Violoncello

Students & Online Coaching

Kathryn coaches both individuals and ensembles at intermediate and advanced playing levels. Kathryn is open to online coaching sessions and lessons.

Background & Offerings

There is no Sunday morning I wouldn't give up to coach chamber music. I specialize in the repertoire of piano trios, string quartets, and a variety of quintets, but am happy to work with any ensemble. I have spent my entire professional life as a full-time performing chamber musician, first in piano trio, and now as long-time member of the adventurous and daring Del Sol String Quartet ( We have performed across the Globe, from the redwood forest to the Library of Congress, premiering 100s of new works.

I maintain a private cello studio in San Francisco, CA and a limited studio in Mountain View, CA. My focus is adult amateurs and older children
that are self-reliant and curious, at intermediate to advanced levels. My teaching philosophy is based around cultivating the joy of music-making, inspiring the imagination while freeing the body to play with ease, while learning how to use your time wisely and effectively. (For more info about me professionally:


  • Contemporary Music
  • Standard Repertoire
  • Just intonation, group dynamics



751 47th Ave San Francisco, CA 94121