Originally from Canada, cellist Kathleen Long graduated with her Artist Diploma in Cello Performance from Texas Christian University, studying under Dr. Jesus Castro-Balbi and Ms. Jennifer Humphreys. She holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Cello Performance from the University of Alberta. Kathleen placed First at the National Level of the Canadian Music Competition, Strings, 2009. She was a recipient of numerous scholarships throughout her university years, consistently excelling in both academics and musicianship. As winner of the Alberta Baroque Concerto Competition and Scholarship, Kathleen was featured as Soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, 2008, and the University of Alberta Academy Strings, 2007.
Kathleen has studied in France and Italy and traveled throughout Asia, Australia, and the United States as a member of a touring orchestra. Kathleen has performed in master classes with artists such as Christopher Adkins, Keira Fullerton, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jeffrey Hood, Jennifer Humphreys, Steven Isserlis, Antonio Lysy, Christina Mahler, Brian Manker, Paul Marleyn, Shauna Rolston, and Michel Strauss.
Kathleen began her music studies as a pianist at age 7 and at the age of 13 added the study of the cello. As an accomplished pianist, she obtained the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music Silver Medal for the highest mark in Alberta for Grade 10 Piano, Silver Medal for the highest mark in Saskatchewan for Grade 8 Piano, as well as highest mark in Canada for Grade 8 Piano.
In addition to the Omaha Symphony, Kathleen is currently Section Cellist with numerous orchestras in the Chicago area, where she lives with her husband. She is also a dedicated instructor of both cello and piano.