Käthe Jarka has been hailed as a cellist who proves that “the ‘old school’ concept of beautiful, controlled sound and vitality of phrasing is alive and well,” and whose hallmark is “clarity of musical and dramatic insight.” An active recitalist and sought-after chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States and abroad. A former member of the Shanghai String Quartet, she has also collaborated with the Juilliard Quartet, Yo Yo Ma, Grant Johannesen, Donald Weilerstein, Ruth Laredo, David Krakauer, Mark Steinberg, and Gil Shaham. She has appeared on numerous occasions with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Leonard Rose, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant for study with William Pleeth in London. She has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and was an assistant to the Juilliard Quartet for two years. She has also participated in the Tanglewood and Norfolk music festivals, among many others.
An active and committed teacher of the Alexander Technique, Käthe has a teaching practice in New York City and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. She also draws on her skills as a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique when addressing the student’s instrumental and musical development. She has taught the technique at the Aspen Music Festival and has presented workshops for musicians in Mexico and Norway, and at the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, the University of Minnesota and New York University, among others. She has served on the faculty of Alexander Technique New York City , a teacher training school for Alexander teachers, and is on the Alexander faculty at The Neighborhood Playhouse, a top‐ranked school for actors in New York City.