Named the George and Marjorie Olsen Chandler Professor of Music at Lawrence University in Spring 2017
Winner of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award at Lawrence University
Winner of the 2014 Lawrence University Faculty Convocation Award

Coming in 2022: Great Courses:
Appreciating the Great Works for the Piano

Catherine Kautsky has just joined the roster of The Great Courses® with a 24-segment course on great works for the piano, complete with numerous performances, to be completed in 2022.

“Hailing from prestigious universities and institutions, our renowned subject-matter experts are vetted and hand-selected for their ability to teach and to make even the most complex concepts accessible and enjoyable.”The Great Courses

Book Release, Now In Paperback:
Debussy’s Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque

“…a wonderful book, a kind of total immersion in the Debussyan magic, and in the endless fascination of fin-de-siècle Paris. The writing fizzes with the excitement of connecting the countless different strands of the composer’s artistic influences and inspirations…I was entranced and delighted throughout.”
Richard Goode, Grammy Award-winning concert pianist, and teacher

“Gorgeously written, colorful prose that is vividly presented immerses the reader in the Parisian Belle Époque and the culture that inspired Debussy.”
— Summer, 2019 Clavier Companion (Ann DuHamel)

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New CD released Feb. 1, 2019:
Brahms: Sonatas for Violin & Piano (Centaur)

Wen-Lei Gu, violin
Catherine Kautsky, piano

“Pianist Catherine Kautsky and violinist Wen-Lei Gu, both professors of music at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, show a remarkable rapport, a deft sense of phrasing, and a keen awareness of subtle, almost imperceptible, changes in rhythm and mood, plus unfailingly beautiful tones that serve Brahms’ Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano to perfection. In the process, they characterize these sonatas to a degree that one seldom encounters in the recital hall or on recordings. All these qualities, and more, make their performances memorable even in very fast competition.”

— Phil’s Reviews

“There’s a really lovely set of the Brahms Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano featuring the duo of violinist Wen-Lei Gu and pianist Catherine Kautsky. Both performers are on the music faculty at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. The opening bars of the Sonata No.1 in G Major Op.78 always seem to set the tone for all three works, and it’s clear from the outset here that we are in excellent hands. From the autumnal feel of the first sonata through the warmth of the Sonata No.2 in A Major Op.100 to the passion and restlessness of the Sonata No.3 in D Minor Op.108 the playing here is all you could ask for, with warmth, sensitivity, passion when needed and an ever-present sense of innate musicality. If you collect different performances of these lovely sonatas then this will make a strong and welcome addition to your CDs; if you’re just looking for one set then this one has a great deal to offer and will certainly not disappoint you.”

— The Whole Note