Latvian born and Chicago-bred, Katarina Visnevska has been re-defining the classical violinist image with the help of some strings and needles.

Her inspiration to change the way people experience classical instruments started when she came to the United States from Riga at the age of 16.

In Chicago, Katarina was exposed to the world of house and hip-hop. Her curiosity (and frequent appearance) in the Chicago nightclub and DJ scene opened up a new outlet and possibilities of musical expression. “I was always intrigued by the concept of live music collaborations and dreamed about performing with a DJ. DJ’s are all about the feeling and communication with the audience, and I enjoy communicating with the listeners and getting them revved up,” says Katarina.

“I like seeing people respond to music. Music is such a subconscious feeling…a language. Words can’t explain certain feelings the way music does, so to play something and get that emotion out of a human being is exceptional. In classical concerts, there is no interaction or response from the audience until the very end of a performance, but during my sets, I feel instant response from the audience. If they love what they hear, I know it!” says Katarina.[/quote]

Katarina continues to perform solo as well as in chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras and bands. However, her satisfaction for full musical expression as a performer is with her current DJ collaboration, which allows her to freestyle and improvise to her favorite artists of the moment: Adele, Common, Gotan Project, and SBTRKT. Visit Katarina’s website for even more info!