A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Katelyn Rose King is a performer and conceptual artist working in the fields of theater, music, and everywhere in-between.
Although Katelyn is classically trained in percussion performance and theatrical music interpretation, she often creates her own works with other collaborators and has embodied many differing roles in various artistic projects: directing, composing, compiling, performing, writing, and researching.
While Katelyn still loves performing as a classical contemporary percussionist, her own artistic creations delve into reflections on authorship, performance presence, vocal expressions, composed improvisation, explorations on sound atmospheres, and creation through curation.
Katelyn has three ongoing ensembles all over the world: Ensemble Aabat (Bern), a New Music Theater collaborative trio; speak/strike (USA), a commission initiative to the creation of new works for percussion and voice; and Dressage Percussion (Hong Kong), a percussion trio dedicated to the performance of historic and new theatrical percussive repertoire.
Katelyn’s past and present collaborations include work with the Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt, Stadttheater Basel, Stadttheater Bern, Lucerne Festival Academy and Alumni, presentations at PASIC and Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium, and works with composers, directors, and artists such as Ulrich Rasche, Till Wyler von Ballmoos, Jonas Kocher, Katharina Rosenberger, Carolyn Chen, Justin Rabideau, Christopher Adler, and Andrea Mazzariello.
Katelyn has a Master in Composition and Theory in Théâtre Musical from the Hochschule der Künste Bern (CH, 2017), a Master in Music Performance from McGill University (CA, 2015), and a Bachelor in Music Performance from Kennesaw State University (USA, 2013). Her most recent awards include the Rita Zimmermann Musik-Stiftung, Lyra Stiftung, Swiss Excellence/Fulbright, and a McGill Recording Competition Prize.
At the moment Katelyn is primarily based in Europe, as well as Atlanta, USA and is working toward a PhD proposal at the Universität Hildesheim in Germany.