Praised as a “highly accomplished pianist….with wonderfully rhythmic and robust playing” (New York Concert Review), Katelyn Vahala is a passionate soloist, chamber musician, educator, and arts advocate in the Los Angeles area. Katelyn was a finalist in the 2022 Leipzig International Bach Competition, where she performed with the Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig. In addition to winning the 2021 USC Thornton Concerto Competition, Katelyn is the first prize winner of the 2019 Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition, where she also won the
Contemporary Music Award.
As pianist of the Callisto Piano Trio, Katelyn was a prize winner at the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, where the trio was the youngest ensemble to ever compete in the senior division finals. Since then, the Callisto Trio has toured throughout Holland and Slovakia as part of the International Holland Music Sessions’ Masters on Tour and has served as Artist-in-Residence at the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles.
Katelyn is the Artistic Director of the traveling outdoor concert series Insert Music Here, which brings musical programs outside the concert hall and into nature. She is also a member of the piano faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. When not teaching and performing, Katelyn is currently pursuing a DMA in Piano Performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music with Dr. Lucinda Carver and Jeffrey Kahane.