- Honored with a STAR in the "Guitar Hero Galaxy" - Spin
-"Famous Juilliard School Alumni" -
The Great Kat & Niccolo Paganini -
HISTORY'S ONLY Violin/Guitar Virtuosos!
The Great Kat was born Katherine Thomas
in Swindon, England (on a U.S. Air Force Base Military Hospital) and
moved to the U.S at the age of 3. After listening to
Beethoven since birth, The Great Kat realized that her
mission was to become a composer and musical revolutionary.Kat began Classical piano
studies at 7.At the age of 9, she began
Classical violin studies in New York.
At the age of 15, The Great Kat won a Full Scholarship to attend the
Juilliard School in New York City as a Violin
Student.The Great Kat became the Concertmaster of the
Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and won the "Robert
Hufstader Scholarship" in Composition and Theory at Juilliard.
The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) performed for NYC Mayor Ed Koch
at Gracie Mansion as a Prodigy Violin Soloist. The Great
Kat graduated with Honors from The Juilliard School
and began performing, first as a Classical violin soloist at
Carnegie Recital Hall as winner of the
exclusive "Artists International Competition" and then
soloing extensively in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.
The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) is also the winner of numerous
competitions, including Gallery Concert Series Young Artists
Award, the New York State Music Teachers Association Collegiate
Artists Competition, the Great Neck Symphony's Young Musicians
named "The New Woman To Watch" for two consecutive years by
New Woman Magazine. The
Great Kat (Katherine Thomas)
performed as a violin soloist on the Young Artists Showcase on
WQXR radio and is
the recipient of a German violin made in 1850 from The Friends of
and the cultural award "Palma Julia de Burgos" by the
Association for Puerto Rican - Hispanic Culture, Inc.
Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) performed as a Prodigy Violin Soloist for Governor
Oscar Flores Tapia in Coahuila, Mexico at the Centennial of
General Vito Alessio Robles’ birth and at the famous Teatro
Fernando Soler as a Prodigy Violin Soloist in Saltillo, Mexico. The
Great Kat (Katherine Thomas)
has toured as a guest violin soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica
de Coahuila in Mexico and in recitals under the auspices of
Fondo para Actividades Sociales y Culturales del Estado, Bellas
Artes, Banca Serfin and other organizations in Mexico. Steve Allen, the comedian and composer, especially composed a
jazz piece for Katherine Thomas (The Great Kat), which she performed
as a Violin Soloist at the Thamesdown-Hambro festival in Swindon,
After touring the world, The Great Kat realized that Classical music
was dead, so she began updating Classical Music with Speed Metal and
transcribed intricate violin solos to the guitar. Kat developed a
new genre of music:“SHRED/CLASSICAL” Music
-- Fast, Furious, and Virtuosic.
The Great Kat Shred Guitar Virtuoso is the only musician taking note-for-note
authentic Classical Music scores (from Vivaldi, Beethoven,
Bach, Wagner, Liszt, Paganini, Sarasate, Bazzini, Rossini and more)
and entering the original Classical Music scores into music-notation
software. The Great Kat then edits, arranges, and orchestrates the
entire scores with Shred Guitar virtuosity and mixing it with Speed
Metal band and Classical orchestra.
The Great Kat’s music is known worldwide for its phenomenal speeds,
complicated Classical motives, counterpoint layering, guitar riffs,
maniacal screams, heavy rhythms and thrashing sounds. Known as the “High Priestess of
The Great Kat was recently awarded
#1 In "The 12 Best Guitarists Of The World"by
Guitarra Atalho, "10
Phenomenal Female Guitarists That Deserve Your Attention In 2013"
"Famous Juilliard School Alumni"
by Ranker.com, Top 10 "Fastest Guitar
Players In The World"
by Graphs.net, "20 Of The Fastest Guitarists In The World Today"
by MusicRadar.com, "50 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time," by Guitar World Magazine, "Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time" by
Guitar One Magazine,"The 13 Most Powerful 'O' Faces
by BuzzFeed, "The 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes"by Classic Rock Magazine,
"Top 8 Female Electric Guitarists Of All Time" byNME,
"Top-10 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time" by
Guitar World Magazine's Readers' Poll, "12 Greatest Female
Electric Guitarists" by Elle Magazine,"8 Of The World's Fastest Shredders" by
Gibson Lifestyle and"20
Extraordinary Female Guitarists"by
Guitar Player Magazine's "Guts & Glitter".
The Great Kat's NEO-CLASSICAL MUSIC
is continuing to spread to all aspects of entertainment with
TESCO, the world’s second largest retailer (after Wal-Mart) and
U.K.’s largest retailer, featuring The Great Kat’s Vivaldi's "The
Four Seasons" music in the new TV commercial for the
wildly popular Activision video game "CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS".
Great Kat’s Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody #2” isfeatured in the
comedy film “COMING ATTRACTIONS”. The Great Kat recently
captivated audiences and performed on NBC TV's “WEEKEND
TODAY IN NY” as The “World's Fastest Female
Guitarist” on the virtuoso showpieces “The Flight
Of The Bumble-Bee” and Liszt's “Hungarian Rhapsody #2”.
The Great Kat has also appeared on
TV on Entertainment Tonight, CyberLife TV Show on the
Discovery Channel, Good Day New York, Live with
Regis, The Joan Rivers Show, The Maury Povich Show
and has been featured on
Sirius XM Liquid Metal, CNN’s Measure To Measure, National Public
Radio and more. “BLENDER.COM VIDEOS” features the entire music video of The Great Kat's “The Flight
Of The Bumble-Bee”.
YouTube just launched
"YOUTUBE - THE GREAT KAT" Channel, featuring tons of insane
guitar shred Great Kat Music Videos and TV Shows: "Metal Messiah",
"Beethoven Mosh", Paganini's "Caprice #24", "The Flight Of The
Bumble-Bee", "Good Day New York", "The Morton Downey
Jr. Show" & much more.
The Great Kat's "BEETHOVEN'S GUITAR SHRED" DVD
features Shred/Classical Music Videos of the famous "The
Flight Of The Bumble-Bee" (performed by Kat at 300 BPM!), Paganini's
"Caprice #24" (for guitar and violin), Beethoven's "5th Symphony" and
Bach's Baroque Masterpiece "Brandenburg Concerto #3" for
6 Shred Guitars, 3 Violins, Chamber Orchestra and Metal band,
plus original outrageously theatrical SPEED METAL Wagnerian
The Great Kat's "Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD is now featured on
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON ONLINE and MEVIO MUSIC.
Great Kat is recently featured in the new
"BEETHOVEN IN AMERICA" in the chapter
"Beethoven in Popular Music", WQXR Classical Radio in
"How Beethoven Became an American Icon", on
WENN - The Celebrity World Entertainment News Network in
"Sensation The Great Kat Has Become Known For Her Heavy Metal Take
On Classical Music",L.A.'s Morning News - News Talk
980, Examiner.com in "Roll Over Beethoven: The Great Kat's
'Beethoven Shreds' restyles famed composer", Gigwise in "The
Naked And Famous: Stars Who Can't Keep Their Clothes On" and
Total Guitar Magazine in "Beethoven Symphony No 5 (1st Movement)". Spin Magazine recently honored The Great Kat with a Star in the "GUITAR HERO
Great Kat is a DOUBLE Virtuoso - Guitar AND Violin - and Great Kat’s
unique guitar and violin virtuosity shine on the new
"BEETHOVEN SHREDS" CD, which features songs from The Great Kat’s
“Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD: “The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee”,
Beethoven's “5th Symphony”, Paganini’s “Caprice #24”, Bach's
“Brandenburg Concerto #3” and more. “BEETHOVEN SHREDS” CD
combines metal and classical music for a speed thrill unchallenged
in the music industry. The Great Kat's "Beethoven Shreds" CD
and "Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD is now featured on ABC-TV's Take Five & Company TV Show, inthe exhibit
"AMERICA'S BEETHOVEN EXHIBIT" at The Ira F. Brilliant Center For
Beethoven Studies and is chosen by
iTunes as the top
“New & Noteworthy” Metal Music.
The Great Kat is bringing Shred/Classical Music to the
entire world through the use of LIVE and MIDI instruments, computer
technology and the Internet on The Great Kat Guitar Shredder Web
Site at: http://www.greatkat.com
Shred Guitar/Symphonic Versions of Beethoven, Wagner,
Vivaldi, Paganini, Bach, Rossini, Sarasate, Liszt, Bazzini, Chopin
and MORE CLASSICAL GENIUSES!Taking
Classical MUSIC SOARING into the 21st
Century with SHREDDING Guitars,
RAW, VICIOUS metal arrangements, BLISTERING violin virtuosity,
INSANE TEMPOS, OUTRAGEOUS Imagery, HIGH-SPEED Thrashing,
and the One Of A Kind Personality, Leader, and
GENIUS that we all know as "THE GREAT KAT"!!!!