Master of Music – Cleveland Institute of Music
Bachelor of Music – Cleveland Institute of Music
Catherine Matushek is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, where she started playing
viola at age 8 through her public school. She moved to New Orleans in 2015, and
became a full-time member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019.
Catherine was previously a member of the Erie Philharmonic, Firelands Symphony
Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra.
She has also performed with the Canton, Mobile, Gulf Coast, and Pensacola
Catherine completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Cleveland
Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. She has
received chamber music coaching from members of the Cavani, Cleveland, Juilliard,
and Takács Quartets. She is also a member of the New Orleans-based Radio Bird
Quartet, a non-traditional string quartet that performs original arrangements of pop
and rock tunes.
A committed educator, Catherine studied Suzuki pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute
of Music. She has taught at the Cleveland School of the Arts, the Sato Center for
Suzuki Studies, as a teaching assistant at CIM, and for El Sistema-inspired programs
in Cleveland and New Orleans. She currently teaches 17 private violin and viola
students aged 5-16, and is the lead teacher for the LPO’s Music for Life program.
Catherine lives in Gentilly with her husband, Michael, and their cats, Clover and
Percy. She enjoys cooking, playing video games, practicing yoga, and fostering
kittens for the Louisiana SPCA.