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The Great Kat Biography
The Great Kat Guitar/Violin DOUBLE Virtuoso!
-Juilliard Graduate Violin Virtuoso
-Concertmaster of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra
-Winner of the Artists International Competition on Violin
-Carnegie Recital Hall Debut on Solo Violin
-"The New Woman To Watch" - New Woman Magazine
-"Certificate of Merit" from New York Governor Mario Cuomo
-"Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time" - Guitar One Magazine
-"20 Of The Fastest Guitarists In The World Today" -
-"50 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time" - Guitar World Magazine
-"The 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes" - Classic Rock Magazine
-Winner of "Who Plays The Fastest" - Guitar Player Magazine’s Reader Poll
-"Rock On, Queens of Noise: 10 MORE Killer Heavy Metal Frontwomen" - VH1
-"Top 10 Shred Guitar Heroes" - (China)
 -"10 Phenomenal Female Guitarists That Deserve Your Attention" - WhatCulture!
-#1 In "The 12 Best Guitarists Of The World" - Guitarra Atalho
-"Fastest Guitar Players In The World" -
-"The 13 Most Powerful 'O' Faces Of Rock" - BuzzFeed
-"The 25 Best Rock Guitarists In The World" - Maximum Rock Magazine
-"Top 8 Female Electric Guitarists Of All Time" - NME
-"The Best Rock Female Guitarists"  - Kurier
-"Top-10 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time" - Guitar World Magazine's Readers' Poll
-"12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists" - Elle Magazine
-"Top 10 Greatest Speed Guitar Heroes" - (China)
-"Best American Female Guitarists – Shredding Sirens" - Itcher Magazine
-"8 Of The World's Fastest Shredders" - Gibson Lifestyle
-"20 Extraordinary Female Guitarists" - Guitar Player Magazine's "Guts & Glitter"
-Honored with a STAR in the "Guitar Hero Galaxy" - Spin Magazine
-"Ten Women Composers and Guitarists In The Last 20 Years" by Agencia N22 Informacion Cultural (Mexico)
-"Famous Juilliard School Alumni" -
The Great Kat & Niccolo Paganini - HISTORY'S ONLY Violin/Guitar Virtuosos performing BOTH Guitar AND Violin with INHUMAN Feats of VIRTUOSITY!
The Great Kat is the famous Juilliard graduate Classical Violin Virtuoso-turned Shred Guitar Virtuoso, WORLD'S FASTEST GUITAR SHREDDER who is RESURRECTING Beethoven with VICIOUS METAL, PURE CLASSICAL and TOTAL VIRTUOSITY and showcases her phenomenal guitar and violin pyrotechnics in "Beethoven Shreds" CD and "Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD!
The Great Kat is the Juilliard graduate Violin Virtuoso and multi-talented Goddess who has performed Solo Violin Classical Concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard, for NYC Mayor Ed Koch at Gracie Mansion, for Mexico Governor Tapia, on NBC-TV's "FANTASY" Show and much more before BECOMING the REVOLUTIONARY METAL GUITARIST/VIOLINIST, the WORLD’S FASTEST GUITAR SHREDDER and REINCARNATION of BEETHOVEN! THE GREAT KAT IS GOD!!
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 prestigious 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 on violin 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 Competition and 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 Mozart Society.  The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) performed as a violin soloist at Alice Tully Hall on The Juilliard School's "Wednesday One O'Clock Concert Series."
New York Governor Mario Cuomo awarded The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) the Certificate of Merit as "Recipient of the Palma Julia de Burgos Award in recognition of her outstanding musical achievements".   This certificate has the Seal of the State of New York and Governor Cuomo's signature. Katherine Thomas is the winner of the cultural award "Palma Julia de Burgos Award" from The Association for Puerto Rican - Hispanic Culture, Inc.
The 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. The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) performed as a violin soloist at the United Nations Association of the United States of America (Mid-Long Island Chapter). The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) performed numerous times as a violin soloist on The Joe Franklin Show and appeared in the Warner Brothers Movie "Soup For One".  The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) appeared on NBC-TV's "Fantasy" Show (Hosts Peter Marshall and Leslie Uggams) performing violin as the featured soloist.  Steve Allen, the comedian and composer, especially composed a jazz piece, "Sonatina", for Katherine Thomas (The Great Kat). Katherine performed the World Premiere of the work as a Violin Soloist at the Thamesdown-Hambro festival in Swindon, England. The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) performed as a violin soloist on The Ray Heatherton Radio Show, who bestowed the title "The Little Paganini" on Katherine.
Timothy Leary, famous Harvard psychology professor and mind-altering guru collaborated with Kat Thomas - The Great Kat violin virtuoso on the rock song "Right Brain Lover". Timothy Leary wrote the wild psychedelic lyrics and Kat composed the music. Timothy Leary and Kat recorded "Right Brain Lover" starring Kat's electric violin virtuosity and rock singing and Leary rapping the lyrics with his inimitable voice. "Timothy Leary Papers" at The New York Public Library Archives & Manuscripts Features Timothy Leary & Kat Thomas' (The Great Kat) "RIGHT BRAIN LOVER" Song. Stay tuned to hear this HISTORIC masterpiece.

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 wave of the future might well be heavy-metal Beethoven by way of Juilliard” declared John Rockwell in The New York Times Article on The Great Kat "Is This Kat Krazy Like A Fox". 
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 and Violin virtuosity and mixes 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 Guitar Shred,” The Great Kat was recently the WINNER of "Who Plays The Fastest" by Guitar Player Magazine’s Reader Poll and awarded "Rock On, Queens of Noise: 10 MORE Killer Heavy Metal Frontwomen" by VH1, #1 In "The 12 Best Guitarists Of The World" by Guitarra Atalho, "Top 10 Shred Guitar Heroes" and "Top 10 Greatest Speed Guitar Heroes" by (China), "The 25 Best Rock Guitarists In The World" by Maximum Rock Magazine, "Best American Female Guitarists – Shredding Sirens" by Itcher Magazine, "10 Phenomenal Female Guitarists That Deserve Your Attention" by WhatCulture!, "Famous Juilliard School Alumni" by, Top 10 "Fastest Guitar Players In The World" by, "20 Of The Fastest Guitarists In The World Today" by, "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 Of Rock" by BuzzFeed, "The 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes" by Classic Rock Magazine, "Top 8 Female Electric Guitarists Of All Time" by NME, "The Best Rock Female Guitarists" by Kurier, "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, "20 Extraordinary Female Guitarists" by  Guitar Player Magazine's "Guts & Glitter" and "Ten Women Composers and Guitarists In The Last 20 Years" by Agencia N22 Informacion Cultural (Mexico).

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”. Rhapsody Shred Radio is featuring The Great Kat's "virtuoso fretwork" ShredClassical Music. The Great Kat’s Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody #2” is featured 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 insanely technical "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 Mini-Operas. The Great Kat's "Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD is now featured on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON ONLINE, Mevio Music and Network Awesome.

The Great Kat is recently featured in the Exclusive Column for Rock Confidential: "The Great Kat Screams!", Classical MPR, MyM Magazine's Interview "The Great Kat Is A Force of Nature...One of the Fastest Guitarists Alive", Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s "Interview: The Great Kat, violin-guitar virtuoso and self-styled Beethoven reincarnate”,'s "Shredding the great composers: an interview with The Great Kat", in the new book "BEETHOVEN IN AMERICA" in the chapter entitled "Beethoven in Popular Music",  in the new book "WICKED WOMAN" in chapter four "PRINCESSES OF HELL: WOMEN IN GLAM, SPEED AND THRASH", WQXR Classical Radio in "How Beethoven Became an American Icon", on WENN - The Celebrity World Entertainment News Network’s "Sensation The Great Kat Has Become Known For Her Heavy Metal Take On Classical Music", L.A.'s Morning News - News Talk 980,’s "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 GALAXY". SiriusXM Radio's Jay Thomas, of "Mork & Mindy" and "Cheers" fame, interviewed The Great Kat on "THE JAY THOMAS SHOW" Live on SiriusXM. BBC Culture features The Great Kat in "THE NEED FOR SPEED: MUSIC'S FASTEST AND MOST FURIOUS". BBC Radio’s “The Arts Hour” features The Great Kat Shredding Beethoven's "5th Symphony" and Interview from “Fast And Furioso” Show (heard on BBC Radio 4) and Zero Magazine features The Great Kat in "THE GREAT KAT CELEBRATES PAGANINI ON THE 233 ANNIVERSARY".

The 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 highly-acclaimed, ground-breaking “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 and is chosen by iTunes as the top “New & Noteworthy” Metal Music.
The Great Kat's Revolutionary Albums, “Beethoven On Speed” and "Beethoven Shreds" are now featured in “America’s Beethoven” Exhibit at the “American Beethoven Society”.
iTunes now features The Great Kat's Virtuoso ShredClassical Ringtones (Beethoven, Paganini, Bach, Vivaldi & more for your iPhone), Rossini's "William Tell Overture" Music Video, Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" Music Video, "Beethoven’s Guitar Shred" DVD Music Videos and "Extreme Guitar Shred" DVD Music Videos for download (, "Goddess Shreds Live in Chicago" Single, and Shred/Classical CDs, "Beethoven Shreds", "Wagner’s War", "Rossini’s Rape", "Bloody Vivaldi" & "Guitar Goddess" for download ( The Great Kat DVDs and CDs are now available worldwide through major retail stores, online stores, and at
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: .
THE GREAT KAT’S SHREDCLASSICAL CDS & DVDS AVAILABLE on AMAZON!WATCH GREAT KAT MUSIC VIDEOS on YOUTUBE!Listen to Great Kat on Apple Music! to Great Kat on the MICROSOFT STORE: GREAT KAT CDS NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES!AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO NOW FEATURES THE GREAT KAT’S "BEETHOVEN'S GUITAR SHRED"! Amazon Instant Video Synopsis: "Included are 7 outrageous shred/classical guitar music videos, including: Beethoven's '5th Symphony' - 'The Flight of the Bumble-Bee' at the finger-bleeding speed of 300 BPM!; Bach's 'Brandenburg Concerto #3'- The Great Kat shreds on 6 guitars; Paganini's 'Caprice #24' 'Torture Techniques' - Arsenal of Kat Torture devices and abused victims!"THE GREAT KAT MUSIC VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES!AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO NOW FEATURES THE GREAT KAT’S "EXTREME GUITAR SHRED"! Amazon Instant Video Synopsis: "The Great Kat, the 'Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time,' (Guitar One Magazine)/Juilliard Grad Violin Virtuoso, announced today the ultimate guitar video, 'Extreme Guitar Shred.' The Great Kat dazzles audiences with finger-blistering guitar and violin virtuosity featuring 6 EXTREME GUITAR Music Videos and speed-defying guitar/violin shred versions of Classical Music Masterpieces. US Theatrical Release Date: December 11, 2012."iTUNES PREMIERES THE GREAT KAT’S SHREDCLASSICAL RINGTONES – BRING BEETHOVEN, BACH, PAGANINI TO YOUR IPHONE!!
The Great Kat's "SHRED/CLASSICAL" Music: Note-for-note authentic SYMPHONIC and ORCHESTRAL Classical Music scores (from Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner, Liszt, Paganini, Sarasate, Bazzini, Rossini and more) UPDATED for the 21st Century with SHRED GUITAR, CLASSICAL VIOLIN, ORCHESTRA and VICIOUS SPEED METAL BAND, PLUS INSANE IMAGERY!

  • Full Scholarship Student of the Juilliard School for Violin
  • Graduated with honors from Juilliard
  • Winner of the Robert Hufstader Award for Composition and Theory at Juilliard
  • Concertmaster of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra
  • Winner of the Artists International Competition on Violin
  • Carnegie Recital Hall Debut on Solo Violin
  • "Certificate of Merit" from New York Governor Mario Cuomo
  • Named "THE NEW WOMAN TO WATCH" for two consecutive years - New Woman Magazine
  • Honored with a STAR in the "GUITAR HERO GALAXY" - Spin Magazine
  • Named "50 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME" - Guitar World Magazine
  • Named "TOP TEN FASTEST SHREDDERS OF ALL TIME" - Guitar One Magazine
  • Winner of "WHO PLAYS THE FASTEST" - Guitar Player Magazine's Reader Poll
  • Named "TOP 10 SHRED GUITAR HEROES" - (China)
  • Named #1 IN "THE 12 BEST GUITARISTS OF THE WORLD" - Guitarra Atalho
  • Named "THE 25 BEST ROCK GUITARISTS IN THE WORLD" - Maximum Rock Magazine
  • Named "THE 13 MOST POWERFUL 'O' FACES OF ROCK" - BuzzFeed
  • Named "TOP-10 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME" - Guitar World Magazine's Readers' Poll
  • Named "THE 100 WILDEST GUITAR HEROES" - Classic Rock Magazine
  • Named "8 OF THE WORLD'S FASTEST SHREDDERS" Gibson Lifestyle
  • Named "20 EXTRAORDINARY FEMALE GUITARISTS" - Guitar Player Magazine's "Guts & Glitter"
  • Named #5 in "THE 50 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME" - Guitar World Magazine Reader's Poll
  • Named "THE 30 MOST VIRTUOSO GUITARISTS IN HISTORY" ("Los 30 Guitarristas Mas Virtuosos de la Historia") -"20 Minutos"
  • Named "TEN WOMEN COMPOSERS AND GUITARISTS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS" - Agencia N22 Informacion Cultural (Mexico)
  • Named "METAL MAIDEN OF THE MONTH DECEMBER 2012" - The Metal Pit
  • Named "MOST PROMINENT WOMEN ROCK GUITARISTS" - Virtuosos De La Guitarra
  • Named "SNOWY'S ANGEL OF THE YEAR" in "2011 RAMMY AWARDS" - Radioactive Metal Radio Show
  • "Wagner's War" CD Named "THE BEST RECORDS 2011" - Frankfurter Rundschau Newspaper (Germany)
  • "Bloody Vivaldi" CD Named #6 In "THE BLOODIEST ALBUM COVERS OF ALL TIME" -
  • "Wagner's War" CD Named "THE BEST RECORDS 2011" - Berliner Zeitung Newspaper (Germany)
  • ARTICLES, COVER STORIES, INTERVIEWS, VIDEOS, BOOKS and REVIEWS in: Time Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine (Italy), Sirius Satellite Radio,, MyM Magazine, Total Guitar Magazine, Nachrichten,,,, IGN, MEVIO Music, Spin Magazine, BuzzFeed, Guitar, Guitar World Magazine, New York Magazine, Financial Times (England),, Chicago Sun-Times, Guitar Player Magazine, NME, Details Magazine, Independent Media Center, The Entertainment Bank, Maximum Rock Magazine, Zero Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Mediabistro, (China), Gigwise, AOL's Digital City, Kurier, Morning Star (U.K.),, MintLife, Newsday, The Oakland Press, Classical Magazine, WhatCulture!, Frankfurter Rundschau Newspaper, The Aquarian Weekly, PC Magazine, Berliner Zeitung Newspaper, Agencia N22 Informacion Cultural (Mexico), Urban Dictionary, Boston Arts Examiner, antiMUSIC, Guitar Girl Magazine, "A Beginner's Guide To Heavy Metal #17 - Shred",  "The Genres Of Metal Vol. 1. Speed Metal. THE GREAT KAT" Video, Metalhead Video Magazine, Rock Hard Magazine, InMusic, Houston Press, Femail Magazine, Massapequa Post, Hard Rock Magazine, Noticias del Mundo, Mac Home Journal Magazine, Daily Star Newspaper, Good Times Magazine, Videos,, Milenio, Rock Confidential, Feeling Good About Feminism, "Wicked Woman" Book, Accent On Tampa Bay Magazine, Spiegel Online (Germany), Beethoven in America Book, Canales, Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music, Shock Rock: Sexo, Violencia Y Teatro Book (Shock Rock: Sex, Violence and Theater), Heavy Metal: The Music And Its Culture Book, The Merciless Book of Metal Lists, The Official Heavy Metal Book Of Lists, Ax Facts & Stats Book,  Faces Magazine, The Great Rock 'N' Roll Quote Book, Rockin' The Classics And Classicizin The Rock Book, Running With The Devil Book, Guitar An American Life Book, Chachi Guitar, Eye on Dance and the Arts, Necromag, Cincinnati CityBeat, Home Cinema Choice, Chicago Tribune, Seconds Magazine, Attack Magazine, AV Maniacs, USA Today, Elle Magazine, Classic Rock, I4U News, Metal Hammer, New Times, Clicker Blog, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, New Woman Magazine, The Scene Newspaper, Star Tribune, Rock Beat Magazine, The Port Arthur News, Providence Journal, Seattle Times, NewsBlaze, Today Online, Critical Women On Film Journal - The Women Film Critics Circle, AOL Music Noisecreep, Rolling Stone Magazine (Brazil), eHow, Guitar Player Magazine's "Guts & Glitter" Edition, Southern Fried Gamer, Metalholic Magazine, Pulse Magazine, The Metal Circus (Spain), fab Magazine, The Metal Pit, Test+Try=Results Blog, Associated Content, TechBites, San Antonio Express-News,, Guitar Tricks, Yahoo! Buzz, Guitar One Magazine, People Magazine, New York Times, Curve Magazine, Midwest Book Review, Heavy Metal Examiner, Cleveland Scene Magazine, Metal Forces Magazine, Meu Instrumento, Q Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, New York Post, Itcher Magazine, Washington Post, Morph's Outpost on the Digital Frontier, Swindon (England) Evening Advertiser, Metal Maniacs Magazine, Burn Out Magazine (Greece), El Norte Newspaper,'s Modern Classical Musicians, Great Neck News Magazine, Guitar Buyer Magazine, FMQB, Tribuna (Monterrey, Mexico), Vanguardia (Saltillo, Mexico), Canales Magazine,,, Imaging Insider, Bloodstone Magazine, Network Awesome, Hollywood FYI, Billboard, Classic Rock Magazine, The Statesman, Guitar Player Magazine Brazil and much more
  • RADIO SHOWS: BBC Radio 4's "Fast And Furioso" Show, BBC Culture, BBC Radio's "The Arts Hour",Classical MPR, SiriusXM Radio's The Jay Thomas Show, WQXR Classical Radio, CNN's Measure To Measure, Sirius XM Liquid Metal, Classical Minnesota Public Radio, Bloody Roots on Sirius XM Radio, Rhapsody Shred Radio, L.A.'s Morning News - News Talk 980 KFWB, The Bailey Broadcast Radio Show - 92.7 FM KGBR, The Ray Heatherton Radio Show, Blog Talk Radio's Social Media Hour, The Morning Edge with Buck and Dex-KTEG, Tommy & Rumble Show-FM99 WNOR, Performance Today - National Public Radio, The Vampyr's Underground-Heavy Metal Buzz, Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare Show-Rock 94.7, Mac Edition Radio, Radioactive Metal, XENR Radio, High Speed Hangover Show
  • TV SHOWS:  VH1, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Online, ABC-TV's Take Five & Company TV Show, NBC-TV's Weekend Today In NY, CyberLife on the Discovery Channel, Entertainment Tonight TV Show, CNBC-TV's America's Talking, The Joan Rivers Show, The Maury Povich Show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, News 12 Long Island, The Morton Downey Jr. Show, Fox-TV's Good Day New York with George Ciccarone, CNN-TV's Talk Back Live, The Joe Franklin Show, A.M. Los Angeles with Cristina Ferrare and Steve Edwards, A.M. Boston, Midday Live with Bill Boggs, NBC-TV's "Fantasy" Show, Estrellas de Oro (Channel 12), Bernice Perry Presents Show
  • EXHIBITS: "America's Beethoven Exhibit" at The Ira F. Brilliant Center For Beethoven Studies - Michael Broyles, Co-Curator, with William Meredith and Patricia Stroh
  • MOVIES: "Coming Attractions" Movie, Warner Brothers' "Soup For One" Movie.
  • TV COMMERCIALS: Tesco's TV commercial for the Activision video game “Call of Duty: Ghosts”


-The Great Kat Honored with a STAR in the "GUITAR HERO GALAXY" - Spin Magazine
-The Great Kat Named "50 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME" - Guitar World Magazine
-The Great Kat Named "TOP 10 FASTEST SHREDDERS OF ALL TIME" Award - Guitar One Magazine
-The Great Kat Winner of  "WHO PLAYS THE FASTEST" - Guitar Player Magazine's Reader Poll
-The Great Kat Named "TOP-10 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME" - Guitar World Magazine's Readers' Poll
-The Great Kat Named "12 GREATEST FEMALE ELECTRIC GUITARISTS" - Elle Magazine
-The Great Kat Named "8 OF THE WORLD'S FASTEST SHREDDERS" - Gibson Lifestyle
-The Great Kat Named "20 EXTRAORDINARY FEMALE GUITARISTS" - Guitar Player Magazine's "Guts & Glitter"
-The Great Kat Named #5 in "THE 50 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME" - Guitar World Magazine Reader's Poll
-The Great Kat Named "THE 100 WILDEST GUITAR HEROES" - Classic Rock Magazine
-The Great Kat Named "TOP 10 SHRED GUITAR HEROES" - (China)
-The Great Kat Named "THE 25 BEST ROCK GUITARISTS IN THE WORLD" - Maximum Rock Magazine
-The Great Kat Named #1 In "THE 12 BEST GUITARISTS OF THE WORLD"- Guitarra Atalho
-The Great Kat Named "THE 13 MOST POWERFUL 'O' FACES OF ROCK" - BuzzFeed
-The Great Kat Named "TEN WOMEN COMPOSERS AND GUITARISTS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS" - Agencia N22 Informacion Cultural (Mexico)

-The Great Kat Named One Of "THE WORLD'S FASTEST GUITAR PLAYER" - Squidoo
-The Great Kat Named "TOP 10 GREATEST SPEED GUITAR HEROES" - (China)
-THE GREAT KAT Named "THE 30 MOST VIRTUOSO GUITARISTS IN HISTORY" ("Los 30 Guitarristas Mas Virtuosos de la Historia") on "20 Minutos"
-"Wagner's War" CD Named "THE BEST RECORDS 2011" - Frankfurter Rundschau Newspaper (Germany)
-The Great Kat Named "METAL MAIDEN OF THE MONTH DECEMBER 2012" - The Metal Pit
-The Great Kat Named "100 GREATEST GUITAR PLAYERS OF THE 80s AND 90s" -
-The Great Kat Named "METALHOLIC'S 15 HOTTEST FEMALE GUITAR SHREDDERS" - Metalholic Magazine
-The Great Kat Named "MOST PROMINENT WOMEN ROCK GUITARISTS" - Virtuosos De La Guitarra
-The Great Kat Named "SNOWY'S ANGEL OF THE YEAR" in "2011 RAMMY AWARDS" - Radioactive Metal Radio Show
-"Wagner's War" CD Named "THE BEST RECORDS 2011" - Berliner Zeitung Newspaper (Germany)
-"Bloody Vivaldi" CD Named #66 In "200 EMBARRASSINGLY" ALBUM COVERS" - The Merciless Book of Metal Lists
-"Rossini’s Rape" CD Named "WRITER'S CHOICE AWARD" - Paper Dragon Ink
-"Bloody Vivaldi" CD Named "OUR 14 FAVORITE BLOODY ALBUM COVERS" - Houston Press

-The Great Kat Inducted into the "SNOWY'S ANGELS HALL OF FAME" - Radioactive Metal
-The Great Kat Named "GUITAR A TO Z: THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME - HEAVY METAL" - "Guitarra de A a Z"
-The Great Kat Named "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" on "The Vampyr's Underground" Radio Show - Heavy Metal Buzz
-The Great Kat Named "TOP 15 FEMALE ROCK GUITAR PLAYERS" - Musicouch
-The Great Kat Named "THE 50 BEST AND FASTEST GUITARISTS IN THE WORLD" - Fulltono Musica
-The Great Kat Named "TOP 20 GREATEST GUITARISTS" - Blog Elaphar
-The Great Kat Named "TOP 5 FEMALE GUITARISTS" - EN 440
-The Great Kat Named "TOP 100 SHRED GUITARISTS" - Musicouch
-"Beethoven On Speed" CD Named "10 ESSENTIAL TRASH METAL ALBUMS" - La Religion del Rock Pesado
-The Great Kat Named "TOP 10 FEMALE GUITARISTS" - Meu Instrumento
-The Great Kat Named "18 PEOPLE ROCKING WAY TOO HARD!" -
-The Great Kat Named "12 SEXY GUITARISTS OF CHRISTMAS" - Guitar Holiday
-"One of my favorites is the high-octane guitar shredder, The Great Kat. She reckons she's saving Classical music for the YouTube generation, who want their music fast and furious. She plays Beethoven's '5th Symphony' in 1 minute, 14 seconds! WHAT?? Yep! We live in an age of speed. Fast and furioso for sure!" - Nikki Bedi, BBC RADIO’S "THE ARTS HOUR"
-"In honor of the great Paganini anniversary, we offer the British-American violin and guitar virtuoso Katherine Thomas, better known as The Great Kat, a show out of the ordinary. If anyone wants to know more about The Great Kat, her "shred / classical music" and highly personal interpretations of, among others Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach, Wagner and Liszt, recommended the following website: And right there: Happy 233rd anniversary, Niccolò!" - Johan Arenbo, Zero Magazine
-"Born in England, raised in New York, Juilliard graduate the Great Kat is a guitarist on a mission – to play pieces of classical music fast. Very fast. The high-octane guitar shredder is known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known classical compositions; she can play the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in one minute and 14 seconds." -Rainer Hersch, BBC Culture
-"The Great Kat is perhaps the most ostentatious virtuoso in recent music history—and yes, that's saying a lot. The self-proclaimed reincarnation of Beethoven, she's fleet-fingered on both violin and guitar, and sports a glam-rock look." - Jay Gabler, Classical MPR
-"The Great Kat. You can play SO FAST! WOW! Unbelievable! Unbelievable!" - Jay Thomas, The Jay Thomas Show on SiriusXM Indie Ch 102

Guitar Player Magazine's Reader Poll
-"The Great Kat. Beastly in the best sense, ferocious violin virtuoso and lightning-clawed guitar shredder. Displays of seemingly impossible technical wizardry." - Mike McPadden, VH1
-"The Great Kat – the fastest heavy metal guitar virtuoso in the world – is bringing her unique personality, wit and humor to Rock Confidential! Her new advice column, The Great Kat Screams!, is finally here! Fans sent in questions from all over the world to The Great Kat, exclusively through Rock Confidential. Scroll through the questions and step into the wild world of The Great Kat!" - Jesse Capps, Rock Confidential
-"MERMAID VIOLIN GODDESS THE GREAT KAT SHREDS UNDERWATER"! "Just when you think you’ve seen everything from wild shredder The Great Kat, check out these unbelievable photos of the speed vixen performing underwater!"
Jesse Capps, Rock Confidential
-"Thrash metal queen The Great Kat. The Great Kat. Classically trained Kat is most famous for her high speed interpretations of pieces of classical music. Named one of the fastest shredders of all time. Kat’s persona is tongue-in-cheek and played for fun, but her talent is for real. Classical music. Speed metal style." - Itcher Magazine
-"The Great Kat. TOP 10 SHRED GUITAR HEROES. The Great Kat -- sexy wildcat shredder. The spitting image of a violent nymphomaniac. God actually has given her speed playing strength. God, the Devil was born." - (China)
-“The Great Kat - is like a force of nature in both her everyday life and in the music world. She tells Matt Chapman how a Judas Priest music video led her to become one of the fastest guitarists alive.” - MyM Magazine - Movies, Anime, Manga, Games & More - Issue #34
-"The Great Kat. Overwhelming musical talent. Appearing on stage in outrageous outfits and dominatrix gear. Performing and recording wickedly fast covers of classics." - Addison Herron-Wheeler, "Wicked Woman" Book.
-"A few things to know about the Great Kat: she's declared herself God, as well as the reincarnation of Beethoven. She speaks about herself in the third person. She favors leather, fishnets, and other dominatrix-inspired garb, and her signature talent is the ability to 'shred' the electric guitar. She's a Juilliard-trained violinist, but she's declared classical music 'dead.'" - Sheila Regan, Classical Minnesota Public Radio
-"Ten Women Composers and Guitarists In The Last 20 Years. The Great Kat is the pseudonym of Katherine Thomas. Speed metal guitarist. She is known for her thrash performances of well-known classical music. In most of them she interprets with the electric guitar, but sometimes uses the violin." - Yessica Mendez, Agencia N22 Informacion Cultural (Mexico)
-"Is this real? I want it to be real. Great Kat ,Timothy Leary song 'Right Brain Lover'" "So, shred mistress of all life The Great Kat has released cryptic news of a recording she did in 1984 with famed acid guru and psychedelic psychology space warrior Timothy Leary." - Morgan Y. Evans, Metal Riot
-"Issue 33 of MyM is out now! Featuring crazy guitarist (and the reincarnation of Beethoven!) The Great Kat. We're grilling one of the fastest guitar players alive (page 82)." - Matt Chapman, MyM Magazine
-"It's the Great Kat and your not worthy of her awesomeness! The Great Kat is just about to SHRED YOUR FACE OFF! Seriously awesome!" - Network Awesome
-"Longtime shredder (on both violin and guitar) the Great Kat has released a brief preview of her upcoming shred/classical DVD—and you can check it out below. The DVD is expected to be released in 2015. The DVD will feature the Great Kat's shred take on Vivaldi’s 'The Four Seasons', Rossini’s 'William Tell Overture' and more. In the preview clip below, Kat plays Vivaldi’s 'The Four Seasons.' We've also thrown in a bit of Paganini's Caprice #24. Enjoy!" - by Damian Fanelli, Guitar World Magazine
-"There is no confusing The Great Kat with anyone else...A fire-storm of blond hair whipping around a guitar that's smoking from ferocious fingers and a whole lot of fury. A graduate of the elite Juilliard School, The Great Kat is best known and loved (and sometimes feared) for her speed metal interpretations of the most famous and well-loved pieces of classical music." - Melanie Falina,
-"Rhapsody's Shred Radio. The station is centered around the fleet fingers and virtuoso fretwork of wizards like The Great Kat." - Chuck Eddy, Rhapsody Shred Radio
-"The Great Kat is a double virtuoso for guitar and violin. However, unlike Paganini, she plays with insane speed. 'Goddess Shreds Live in Chicago.' Be prepared to hear audio or see video of her being worshiped by her fans for her music and for her dominatrix persona." -Marjorie LaPrade, Boston Art Examiner

-"Yes, your typical Juilliard graduate. Katherine Thomas, of Swindon, England, changes course after playing classical violin to become known as Great Kat, one of the top guitar (and violin) shredders. Her Bloody Vivaldi, a feverish version of The Four Seasons, would certainly liven up a brunch." - Manhattan User's Guide
-"The Great Kat. Guitar World Magazine once named her one of the fastest shredders of all time and her onstage BDSM and shock-rock inspired onstage persona could give Alice Cooper a run for his money. She has established herself as an undisputed guitar virtuoso. Guitar Girl Magazine delves into the story and phenomenon that is 'The Great Kat.'" - Guitar Girl Magazine
-"The Great Kat transforms pieces of classical music into outrageous guitar shreds, including Flight of the Bumblebee played at a blistering 300 bpm! Watch one of the world's fastest players shred on both guitars and violins as she brings the metal to these timeless compositions in seven shocking and bloody music videos straight from her torture chamber." - Midnight Pulp
"Guitar Girl Magazine interviewed guitar virtuoso/shredder The Great Kat. Named as one of the fastest shredders of all time by Guitar World Magazine, it was a surprise to learn that she spent her childhood dreaming of bringing classical music to the world as a performer and composer." - Madame Metal

-"What's new with heavy metal's favorite speed shredding goddess? The Great Kat released a music video for her version of Rossini's 'William Tell Overture.' She plays both the guitar and the violin (usually at 300 BPM), transcribes classical music for a modern twist and dominates her fans. The Great Kat loves to entertain and uses showmanship antics, the likes of which, may be compared to Jimi Hendrix. She licks the guitar and pulls it up over her head and behind her back. If this description intrigues you, you can preview a portion of the music video on
iTunes and make your purchase accordingly." - By Marjorie LaPrade, Boston Art Examiner
-"Unlike anything else. The Great Kat guitarist is counted as one of the ten fastest in the world. Mythical instrumental goddess. The music may be said to be as extreme as it gets. Oh, this is fantastic. Why have I not noticed this before?"
"From A to Z with Heide Hammer. G as in GREAT KAT." - Hatpastorns likpredikan
-"BERNICE PERRY PRESENTS” TV SHOW starred Katherine Thomas, Prodigy Violin Virtuoso Soloing on "Czardas"!
"Katherine Thomas plays the violin and she's going into Carnegie Hall. Take it away Katherine. It's a pleasure to listen to you." - Bernice Perry,
Bernice Perry Presents TV Show
-GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE NAMES THE GREAT KAT "NEED FOR SPEED: THE 50 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME"! "GW exceeds the legal limit with this roundup of the 50 fastest masters of the fretboard. The Great Kat. SIGNATURE SONG: 'The Flight of the Bumble Bee'. ALBUM: Beethoven on Speed. Juilliard-trained virtuoso. Heavy leather dominatrix persona so over the top." - Guitar World Magazine
"The Great Kat" ("Beethoven Mosh") -
Maximum Rock Magazine
-"Great Kat carries Classical music in her veins and applies them in all artistic aspects. Technical, demonic voices are saturated with the great Classical composers, especially Beethoven, who The Great Kat says she is the musical reincarnation. 'Beethoven Shreds', The Great Kat performs the '5th Symphony' and 'Brandenburg Concerto' at maximum speed on guitar and violin, with crushing technique and power." - Francisco Marin Sanchez, La Pua Boletin Informativo
-"The Great Kat, one of the fastest guitarists (if not the fastest) in the world, with her blistering version of the William Tell Overture. It's well worth the download just to watch her play, her fingers flying across the frets in a blur, every note clear and sharp. Maximum flash and speed. The Great Kat is an artist who continues to impress." - R. Scott Bolton, Rough Edge
-"The Great Kat. Fastest track: Metal Messiah. The Great Kat deserves credit, not just for her incredible speed, but for sticking to her passion. An uncompromising shred demon hell-bent on bringing classical music crashing into the 20th (and now the 21st) century, preferably at about 500bpm." -Matthew Parker,

-CHACHI GUITAR NAMES THE GREAT KAT "GUITAR FREAKS - EXCESSES AND PARAPHERNALIA"! "The Great Kat. Kat's superpower comes from interpreting pieces by Beethoven and other classical music of the past through the blender of thrash metal and twice as fast, almost like the audio went beyond the speed limit." - Chachi Guitar

-"The Great Kat! 'William Tell Overture'. Dude, it's a fun video. Super fast playing, of course, it's The Great Kat. She's got 3 guys behind her playing the guitar, like it's an orchestra. A Lot of fun. Great tune. It's The Great Kat at her best, shredding like a maniac. William Tell Overture on iTunes."-Roch Vaillancourt, Radioactive Metal

-"The Great Kat is changing the history of music with the Digital Hyperspeed multimedia techniques she used in her new Digital Beethoven On Speed CD-ROM." - Morph's Outpost on the Digital Frontier

-"Better than sex: The Great Kat (a/k/a God) scratches her b**ch. Hyperspeed is the term the Great Kat uses to genre-ize her richly harmonic, finger-blistering electric guitar interpretations of both classical compositions and her original work. The title track of Beethoven On Speed is a reverberating rush through the master's Fifth Symphony." - Greg Baker, New Times

-"OK all you rock-n-rollers. This is The Great Kat's 'Beethoven Guitar Shred' DVD. She's the world's fastest female guitarist. On this DVD are music videos featuring Kat shredding to such classics as 'The Flight of the Bumble-Bee', a metal version of the world's most famous symphony Beethoven's "5th". Have you piqued your interest?" - Denise Pritchard,
ABC-TV's Take Five & Company TV Show

-#1 IN "THE 12 BEST GUITARISTS OF THE WORLD." "1st Katherine Thomas (The Great Kat). The Great Kat is best known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known pieces of classical music." - Leonardo Martins Moraes, Guitarra Atalho
-"THE GREAT KAT attempts to set the world afire with her self-proclaimed genius. Imagine Beethoven and Paganini rendered at hyperspeed with a gnarly sledgehammer fulla heavy metal crunch. Imagine the great classics of the ages brought to our post-modern era of toxic-dumpsites and MTV, thanks in total to the single-minded persistence of one loud, proud and insane female" - Seconds Magazine
-'The Great Kat' strikes a Beethovenian pose. Forget 'Roll Over Beethoven.' the master has been subjected to a version of his Fifth Symphony called Beethoven On Speed, created by one who bills herself as 'The Great Kat.' A Juilliard graduate still based in the Big Apple, 'Kat' has combined classical music with 'music of the 21st century' to come up with a genre she calls 'Hyperspeed.'" - Classical Magazine
-"The Great Kat's 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' DVD features close-ups of her rapid finger work. If you like the musical revolution of metal/classical fusion, you'll love it. 'The Flight of the Bumble-Bee.' This is your chance to see her play both the guitar and the violin with equal skill and speed. 'Paganini's 'Caprice #24.' We see her show her mastery on both guitar and violin. The speed of the violin and guitar makes me think of Charlie Daniel's Band's 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' and Tenacious D's 'Rock Off.'" - Marjorie LaPrade,
-"In a textbook display of how advertising is much different in the U.K., Tag Europe and Tesco — the world’s second largest retailer — used the music of The Great Kat in their ad for Call of Duty: Ghosts to add a sense of drama and urgency to the spot. In America, you don’t use the music of classically-trained virtuosos to sell video games, you use Eminem. The 20 second spot scores The Great Kat‘s rendition of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” to its footage of players enjoying the game." - Erik Oster, Mediabistro
"With phenomenal speed, Kat thrashes through classical figures. The Great Kat loves the smell of napalm in the morning. Her version of ‘Flight of the Valkyries' transforms Wotan's corpse collecting maidens into warrior princesses whose arena-rock howls would make Siegfried quiver." Neva Chonin, San Francisco Chronicle
-"The Great Kat. Her new video for the 'William Tell Overture' is currently burning up iTunes and is something that every metal head and classical music lover needs to see." - Melanie Falina,
-"KAT SCRATCH FEVER. Crazy Kat, mistress of metal. The Great Kat - an obsessive flurry of loudness and leather who makes it her mission to distill the likes of Beethoven and Paganini into a super-fast, super-loud essence that she has dubbed 'hyperspeed.'" -Stephen J. Dubner, New York Magazine
-"The Great Kat. This chick is amazing! Classically trained musician, that decided one day she was going to be a guitar shredder. And boy oh boy is she a guitar shredder! She's just so fast, I don't even know how to begin to describe what this woman is capable of. She's so good. ALL HAIL THE GREAT KAT! Definitely recommend you check that stuff out." - Surface, Sephirotic TV
-The Great Kat Named "GUITAR A TO Z: THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME - HEAVY METAL" -"Guitarra de A a Z"
-"The Great Kat. Rossini's 'William Tell Overture' for Symphony Orchestra & band plays like the sci-fi soundtrack to a William Gibson version of the Lone Ranger and Bazzini's 'The Round of the Goblins' for violin, piano and band is a dizzying cornucopia of mayhem and madness." - R. Scott Bolton, Rough Edge Magazine
-"Talking with the Great Kat is like trying to communicate with the possessed character in THE EXORCIST. The former Katherine Thomas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, has made a name for herself by creating controversy wherever she can, whether it's within the grooves of her album WORSHIP ME OR DIE! or doing phone interviews with unsuspecting journalists from Cleveland. Kat doesn't talk. She screams." Marc Holan, Cleveland Scene Magazine
-"Katherine Thomas. She is considered a magnificent soloist who performs her interpretations with vibrant precision." - El Norte Newspaper (Monterrey, Mexico)
-"Triumph for the Violinist Katherine Thomas. Katherine Thomas played the violin with a powerful and warm sound, perfect technique and style and with authentic interpretation of each piece." - Noticias del Mundo
-"Violinist Katherine Thomas. Prowling the stage more in the style of a rock star than classical maestro she delighted the audience with a stunning display of technique and skill." - Swindon (England) Evening Advertiser
-"The program came to a blazing conclusion with violinist Katherine Thomas' songful playing Kreisler's 'Caprice Viennoise' followed by the fireworks of the Wieniawski 'Polonaise Brilliante'" - Great Neck News Magazine
-"Katherine Thomas. From the first moment electrified the audience with her secure musicianship, powerful and warm violin sound, accomplished technique and stylistic insight." - Canales Magazine
-"Katherine Thomas, famous English violinist gave a brilliant recital. She ended the program with Polonaise Brilliante by Wieniawski and the audience rewarded her with such a strong ovation, that she was not permitted to leave the stage for several minutes." - Tribuna de Monterrey (Mexico)
-"Distinguished violinist Katherine Thomas, will perform as a soloist during the Gala Concert offered by La Orquesta Sinfonica de Coahuila, celebrating in the capital the National Congress Convention. This concert was agreed upon by the Governor of the State, Professor Oscar Flores Tapia" - El Sol Del Norte (Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico)
-WHATCULTURE! NAMES THE GREAT KAT "10 PHENOMENAL FEMALE GUITARISTS THAT DESERVE YOUR ATTENTION IN 2013"! "The Great Kat. She’s just so awesome. The Great Kat has been called one of the fastest shredders of all time by Guitar One magazine, and watching her play it seems like a fair accolade. What truly makes The Great Kat great is her understanding of music across genres. Morphing of classical music into pretty skin-shearing metal ought to be celebrated hugely. Jacques Loussier’s transitioning of Chopin and Bach to jazz was hugely revered, and The Great Kat, deserves the same treatment." -Hannah Spencer, WhatCulture!
-"The commercial for 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' features your music and is a perfect fit." - Melanie Falina,
-"The Great Kat. Rossini's 'William Tell Overture'. A hyper-fast interpretation executed by a symphony orchestra (for which the mighty speed guitar goddess is responsible) and the band. Your ears will start to bleed by the insane violin-parts and galloping guitar riffs performed." - Encomium Magazine
-"THE GREAT KAT. Bloody Vivaldi. 4 STARS. She plays his 'Four Seasons' at an amazing pace on not only guitar but also violin so precise yet so fast that Itzhak Perlman most likely wouldn't even try to compete against it. Every music aficionado would be completely struck in awe after hearing her." - Gothic Times
-"The Great Kat shines because of the conspicuous capacity she has to play some instruments like the guitar, the violin, the violas. Listen to  Rossini's William Tell Overture' and Bazzini's 'The Round of the Goblins', which are very intense and we have to admit both of them have a pleasant peculiarity which you'll enjoy to listen for sure." Prelude to Darkness Webzine
"Only The Great Kat that lightning speed demon would have the guts enough to cover Beethoven on metal guitar. Lo and behold, on Beethoven On Speed, she offers a hyperspeed version of old Ludwig Van's Fifth Symphony. Blazing fast version of 'Flight of the Bumble-Bee'"- EC Rocker
-The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) named "The New Woman To Watch" for two consecutive years by New Woman Magazine.
-"HEAVY METAL: THE MUSIC AND ITS CULTURE" BOOK FEATURES THE GREAT KAT IN "MAKING THE MUSIC: METAL GODS" - CHAPTER 3! "The Great Kat. Trained as a classical violinist at Juilliard, Kat, who played at Carnegie Hall, is a speed-metal guitarist. Her style evokes the image of Paganini as a headbanger. Performing feats of technical virtuosity in her decollete leather and studs outfit." - Deena Weinstein, Heavy Metal: The Music And Its Culture Book
-"The Great Kat. Once a classical violinist, the Juilliard graduate now is the first and foremost practitioner of 'hyper-speed' metal, an unusually complex classical/metal fusion. She also curses like a sailor and vowed to turn all the men present at the fest into her slaves." - Chicago Sun-Times
"The Great Kat. Rossini's 'William Tell Overture.' I've always referred to this tune as 'the horse race song' but horses would clearly fall to their hooves with chest pain if they attempted racing to this version [the theme song to The Lone Ranger]. The tune combines a live symphony orchestra with MIDI instruments and one heavily amped Kat." - Liz Ciavarella, Metal Maniacs Magazine
-"The Great Kat - Wagner's War. The CD starts with Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie totally speed up and energized, the perfect song to go to war, just like in that Oscars awarded movie: Apocalypse Now." - Fred Boschet, Heavy Metal Universe
-"THE GREAT KAT SHREDS ALL. "The Great Kat, is a violin and guitar prodigy, and was enrolled in the prestigious Juilliard School of performing arts. She ended up becoming concertmaster at Juilliard. Her debut as a professional musician was at Carnegie Concert Hall. The Great Kat transitioned from a classical musician to a speed metal wizard after watching a music video by Judas Priest." - Nick Perkel, The Aquarian Weekly
-"THE GREAT KAT: BLOODY VIVALDI. (Rating: 5 Chalices of Blood) Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons'! This classic piece receives the Great Kat treatment in a cacophonous fusion of violins, heavy metal guitars and drums. Totally f**king superb! Retaining all of the melodic glory of the original and bringing it up to date with a bang, nay, an explosion of musical dexterity and powerful passion." - LR, Bloodstone, The Magazine For Vampires
-SQUIDOO NAMES THE GREAT KAT ONE OF "THE WORLD'S FASTEST GUITAR PLAYER"! "The Great Kat - Metal Messiah. Bloody Vivaldi by The Great Kat" - Squidoo

-"The Great Kat - Beethoven On Speed. Album full of references to legendary classical composers and metal renditions of classical standards...Juilliard trained guitarist and violinist, out of her mind dominatrix Katherine Thomas, aka The Great Kat. This recording is pure, magical insanity." - Sean McGavin, "A Beginner's Guide To Heavy Metal #17 - Shred"

-"'Beethoven Shreds' from The Great Kat. Beethoven's 'Fifth Symphony'. To deconstruct it to solo shredding must have been difficult and she does it beautifully. The songs pack a lot of punch at 300 BPM. The album will have you researching the original works and comparing them to her versions, thus educating the next generation of music connoisseurs." - Marjorie LaPrade,

-"On 'Wagner's War,' by New York's lovable dominatrix The Great Kat, the girl with the brilliant speedchops and the pro wrestling mentality wages war in three acts. A total metal shred of classical composer Richard Wagner's 'The Ride Of The Valkyries,' from his opera, Die Walkure." - Mike G, Metal Maniacs Magazine
-"WAGNER'S WAR. The Great Kat. Savage, take no prisoners classical metal shredding, the powerhouse unleashes six-string fury that comes at you faster than you can blink. Opening with the world's fastest version of Wagner's 'The Ride Of The Valkyries,' the blitzkrieg doesn't let up. There is nothing in the world of classical metal and guitar-shredding like the Great Kat." - Slappy Morgan, Long Island Entertainment
-"Graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York, Kat is a consummate guitarist, violinist and maestra. Her specialty: turning classical music into metal." Fernando Souza Filho, Rock Brigade Magazine

"THE GREAT KAT, 'BEETHOVEN ON SPEED'. Thrashing the s**t out of BEETHOVEN, RIMSKY-KORSAKOFF, CHOPIN, PAGANINI, this femme fatal guitar nut, blisters the Masters, in her own inimitable way. Showing no lack of self confidence, KAT rips through a varied set of her own stuff and classical riffs reworked for a down and dirty world. Give the GREAT KAT a shot, and watch the sparks fly." - FMQB

-"Beethoven's Guitar Shred from The Great Kat - revolutionary! With an insane speed Katherine Thomas shreds the strings of her electric guitar. From bloodthirsty videos on Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD, rises The Great Kat's glorification of violence to an art form. Wildly revolutionary Classical guitar shreds. Thumbs up!" - Christopher Doemges, Independent Media Center (Germany)
-"There are many fast guitar players in the world but here is a list of the fastest of them all. The Great Kat is the sixth fastest guitar player in the world and her real name is Katherine Thomas. She plays Guitar and Violin." -
-"The Great Kat. Bloody Vivaldi. Not only is she the most skilled speed guitarist out there, she also plays a mean electric violin and performs wonderful renditions of classical tracks. Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Many thought Paganini sold his soul to play so well, I know The Great Kat did." - The Fritz
-"The rock/metal music scene has long been known as having the reputation of being a 'boy's club,' but there are women with great talent in the industry. 'Great Kat' is an alumna of Juilliard, a very prestigious music school and is said to be among the fast guitar shredders in the world as well as a violin virtuoso. She uses her knowledge of classical music and love of metal to combine them in a high speed frenzy of technical skill and feeling." - Marjorie LaPrade, Boston Art Examiner
-"The Great Kat. 'Bloody Vivaldi'. It starts out with the most hardcore version of Vivaldi’s, “The Four Seasons”, that the mind could imagine. It keeps a fanatical pace that makes the blood boil and the heart thump against the inside of the ribs." - Paper Dragon Ink
-"The Great Kat's Digital Beethoven on Cyberspeed. The Kat's personal flavor livens up these dead musicians-making them hundreds of times more accessible to modern audiences. This title is great for any kid with a sense of humor and a yen for music, modern or classical." - Joel Enos, Mac Home Journal Magazine
-"The Great Kat. ‘Rossini’s William Tell Overture for Symphony Orchestra and Band’ must be the maddest version of this famous classic." - Metalliville Webzine
"The Great Kat. 'Bloody Vivaldi'. Evokes all the Grand Masters of classical music. Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. I can't describe such technique! Outrageous excess of virtuosism" - Deaththrasher Magazine
-"Rock Chick" definition in "Urban Dictionary": "Good examples of rock chicks include Guitarist Great Kat (aka Katherine Thomas)-- who is known for her extremely technical shredding."
"The Great Kat's earbludgeoning Beethoven on Speed album would certainly cause old Ludwig to roll over in his grave. This self-anointed 'hyperspeed guitarist' and Juilliard graduate dared to unite classical and speed metal" - "Dangerous Women" CD featuring The Great Kat's "Beethoven Mosh"
-"The Great Kat. She graduated from Juilliard on violin. She's a very classically trained guitar player. She started playing shred thrash metal, which is f**king awesome. She's a bloody awesome musician. 'Metal Messiah' by The Great Kat from 'Worship Me Or Die!' album, is a f**king great album, so bloody check that out. The Great Kat is a frickin' legend. She's a Metal Amazon. She's a f**king beast."
DJ Grey and Liam Fra, High Speed Hangover Show
-"The Great Kat" definition in "Urban Dictionary": "Awesome trained violin virtuoso chic that became a guitar virtuoso after graduating. She can play faster than most would be MALE guitar heroes, she's a hot dominatrix, and placed number 10 in "fastest shredders of all time" (only girl in the list by the way... girl power!!!)"
-"Ladies and Gentlemen, meet The Great Kat! Her prowess can be seen and heard on her new 'Extreme Guitar Shred' DVD. The Juilliard school graduate was recently named one of the '10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time' by Guitar One magazine" - John Lorinc, CNN Radio
-"The Great Kat: When the Juilliard trained Kat straps on the six-strings, everything around is sucked up in a swirling vortex of hypersonic virtuosity." - NME

-"The Great Kat. This Juilliard-trained violin and guitar virtuoso displays the kind of blazing speed that shoots down all the other contenders for the 'guitar god' throne. Bloody Vivaldi features 'The Four Seasons,' played with breathtaking passion and intensity." Scott Barker,
Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
-"Each year, New York's famed Juilliard School churns out dozens of concert violinists. Some of these hardworking musicians go on to play in orchestras. Others become music teachers. But only one grad has mutated into the Great Kat: a camouflage-bikini-wearing, slave-commanding, blood-spitting dominatrix whom Guitar One magazine has named one of the ten fastest guitar shredders of all time." - Spin Magazine
"The Great Kat, Juilliard-trained classical musician who rebelled at all that stuffy pretension and is now devoting her life to performing classical masterworks in speed metal style." - Don Willmott, PC Magazine
-"Juilliard scholar turned 'speed metal wizard' The Great Kat." - The Aquarian Weekly
-"The American heavy metal guitarist The Great Kat (born Katherine Thomas) expertly wraps her band's Classical sounds into speed metal and pulls it into a vortex of sonic virtuosity." - Kurier

-"Ludwig van for the rock 'n' roll generation. You've got to brace yourself for the frenetic female force behind Digital Beethoven On Cyberspeed. Meet The Great Kat. Beethoven's back for a whole new generation." - CyberLife TV Show,
Discovery Channel
-"'Wagner's War' in Heavy Metal. 'The Ride Of The Valkyries'. This is great, it is exuberant! The Great Kat, her musical power. 'Heavy and brutal Ode to War' is subtitled the second piece. Would Wagner turn over in his grave? To him, yes you can be as you want. His music was revolutionary, as well as the CD 'Wagner's War' by The Great Kat." - Christopher Doemges, (Germany)
-"The Great Kat (Beethoven Shreds) includes a short arrangement of the tune [Beethoven Symphony No 5] at a breakneck tempo, infused with shred heroics and speed-metal accompaniment. The Great Kat's shred histrionics take Beethoven's Fifth to a whole new level...Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3. The Great Kat provides 100 seconds of utterly mad shred guitar with multiple lead parts weaving in and out of each other, all played at lightning pace." - Total Guitar Magazine
-THE GREAT KAT: "Famous Juilliard School Alumni" -
-"Female shredder The Great Kat, who actually began life as a Juilliard Music School violin prodigy and then discovered heavy metal guitar." - Ian Christe, Sirius XM Liquid Metal
-"The Great Kat. This woman is the world's fastest female guitarist. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, so you know she has cred. She's a violin virtuoso and the world’s fastest guitar shredder. Her new ‘Beethoven Shreds’ CD showcases Classical music shredded on the guitar and violin, we’re talking Beethoven, Bach, Paganini. ‘Flight of the Bumble-Bee’. That’s cool!" - ABC-TV'S Take Five & Company TV Show
-"SPECTACULAR blended Cd. What is Beethoven Shreds? Its the mix of your favorite musicians classical music blended with metal. If you know Beethoven then you know how great this composer was. Now lets take that great musician's songs and change up the instruments and add in some higher tones, and an increase in speed you then result to a rocking great classic. First you get the fun songs you remember from Beethoven, and then you get the more rocking and want to dance too music by The Great Kat, world's fastest guitarist. Makes this Cd an exciting new way to listen to the classics. You will be so impressed." Natosha Miller, TEST+TRY=RESULTS Blog
-"The Great Kat, 'Beethoven On Speed'. Psychofrantic, unrelenting dose of furious and fast guitar licks. The Great Kat definitely has chops - honed on classical concert violin - and she takes them to new gothic heights." Billboard Magazine
-"Feline Groovy. The Great Kat, a Juilliard violinist turned speed-metal guitarist, claws her way through classical music in the name of art. The Great Kat's genius has been applauded in many media, even the tabloids." - Details Magazine
-"THE GREAT KAT. Bloody Vivaldi. The Kat opens the disc by ripping through lick after lick in 'The Four Seasons'. The Great Kat separates herself from the others in her field by combining speed metal and classical music, making this weird combination a real winner." -
The Inside Connection
-"The electrifying American heavy metal guitarist The Great Kat has done it again! Just in time for Richard Wagner's 200th Jubilee is the glorious album 'Wagner's War'. War-like musical exploration of the horrible attacks of September 11th."- Christopher Doemges, Nachrichten (Germany)

-"THE GREAT KAT. 'Bloody Vivaldi'. An extraordinary display of musicianship and grade A class. A classical metal masterpiece of Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' that feature an actual chamber orchestra and a metal band side by side. A true genius in the 21st century performing both guitar and violin, the Great Kat is owner and operator of some of the fastest hands in the world and perhaps the universe." -
-"The Great Kat, whose 34 videos have collectively received over one million hits on YouTube, has released her eleventh album. Appropriately titled 'Beethoven Shreds,' a speed demon version of five revered classical tracks served up Great Kat style on guitar. Combining her love of all things metal with her knowledge of classical music, the album is a whirlwind look at Beethoven gone metal. Lacing virtuosity with speed." - Phyllis Pollack, Rock Music Examiner,

-"This was a GREAT DVD. Filled with loads of great SHREDDING!! Great Kat is world's fastest female guitarist. She played great! I give the DVD a 5 out of 5!" -
Dnbuster's Place
-"The Great Kat? Of “Beethoven on Speed” fame? Using it as a traveling practice amp? Mission accomplished! I asked to give the baseline model a whirl." - Matt Peckham, Time Magazine
-"THE LOUDER THE BETTER - INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE. From rock legends to the Devil - with callouts to and riffs from today's hottest players-our highly subjective classification of the guitar-hero galaxy. THE GREAT KAT." - David Marchese, Spin Magazine
-"Extreme Guitar Shred from The Great Kat. The Death Metal hard rock antics of The Great Kat is not a gimmick. Katherine offers her guitar to the devil. Above all sits the American flag - and The Great Kat with her guitar and instruments of torture. Driven and extreme are the right words to describe this art. Extreme Guitar Shred could be an art form." Christopher Doemges, Nachrichten
-"ROLL OVER, BEETHOVEN...and let Kat tell ya the news.The Great Kat. On 'Beethoven On Speed' she melds metal and classical so skillfully that if Beethoven were alive today he'd have been a head-banging metal maniac." Dan Aquilante, New York Post
-"No one has exploited Beethoven to the extent that Katherine Thomas, known as The Great Kat, has. She does not just play Beethoven: she considers herself Beethoven reincarnated. In a male-dominated field, heavy metal, she is virtuosic, transgressive, and aggressive." - Michael Broyles, Co-Curator "America's Beethoven Exhibit" at The Ira F. Brilliant Center For Beethoven Studies
-"Guitar virtuoso The Great Kat. Beethoven on Speed was our favorite album of the night. It's just fun. Her songs are packed with nice bouncy thrash riffs, are fast as f**k, and are nice little spurts of aggression and speed, like grindcore for shredheads. Her abundant guitar solos are unsubtle and proceed at amazing speeds. The whole album says, "Hey, I went to Juilliard" and shreds along its lunatic way. The lady has a huge d**k upon with which she feeds were devoted cult." - Joseph "Blood Mace" McIntosh and Chris "Demon Scourge" Eddy, Metal Night at The Westside Palace
-"Beethoven's Guitar Shred from The Great Kat - amazing! Wildly revolutionary Classical guitar shreds. For the harmonious sounds of Ludwig van Beethoven - relative to the martial fighting spirit to hard rock videos that the metal Sister Katherine Thomas radiates." - Christopher Doemges, Nachrichten
-"Entering the world of The Great Kat is a truly unique experience, an adventure that combines just the right amounts of pleasure and pain." - Donald Willmott, PC Magazine
-"The Great Kat - Beethoven Shreds. She has the technical chops to outduel any bloodthirsty immortal wielding a six-string. A flash of her finger calluses must make her must love-struck fans faint. The highlight of the album, 'Paganini’s Caprice #24,' offers the most diverse display of skill. She commands each tempo shift with precision and blistering intensity, burning the strings to ash on both her violin and guitar. It’s an astounding achievement that absolutely needs to be shared. The Great Kat takes familiar songs and beats them with chains, spits acid on them, and injects them with hellfire." - Mister Frasier, Mister Growl
-"Beethoven Shreds. The Great Kat is a speed metal guitarist who has now applied her unique talent to Beethoven. The huge shreds displayed on this album will not disappoint fans of the genre. Not only is Kat a great guitarist, she's a classical violinist to boot. Tracks like Beethoven's Fifth Symphony or Bach's Brandenburg Concerto show this off to great effect with riffs that will blow you away. With the amount of talent on show this music can only be appreciated on a concert stage where it can be enjoyed at its fullest." - Adrian Roberts, Morning Star (U.K.)
"THE GREAT KAT’S 'BEETHOVEN’S GUITAR SHRED' DVD. This DVD it is mind blowing I never knew that hearing Beethoven on a guitar could be so cool. Kat is amazing and the way she plays the guitar is beyond brilliant. This lady has some serious lightening fast fingers and puts an awesome heavy metal twist on some old music." - Becca, EVERYDAY LIFE
-"THE METAL PIT features this month as Metal Maiden of the Month the legendary guitar virtuoso THE GREAT KAT!!! Combining classical music and guitar shredding she has inspired many females and males to pick up a guitar." - Blake Mossey, The Metal Pit
-"Guitar virtuoso The Great Kat is 'girl power' at its raunchiest. Thrash metal guitarist who's been dubbed one of the fastest on the planet. Kat's finger-bleeding speed has to be heard to be believed. She's mind-boggingly fast. Here's a short clip of Kat playing guitar and violin on 'The Flight of the Bumblebee'. Her first live performance left the entire audience with mouths agape, shocked that a woman could play faster than practically any guy in the world." - Guitar Tricks
-"She touts herself as speed metal's fastest female guitarist and the self-proclaimed 'guitar goddess', a.k.a. 'Satan's daughter.' Kat's debut LP was originally entitled Satan Goes To Church, but even a Juilliard graduate and acclaimed concert violinist turned sadomasochistic, blood-dripping guitar demon (who happens to be the great-granddaughter of a Lynchburg, Virginia evangelist) can change her mind: the album's been renamed Worship Me Or Die!" - Faces Magazine
-"The Great Kat. The grand goddess of Classical/Shred. A metal icon: Blood, Beethoven, the absence of humility, and an undying crusade to SHRED." - Mister Frasier, Mister Growl
-"The Great Kat. Beethoven On Speed does to classical music what Jaws did for swimming. Her patented 'hyperspeed' soloing is cleaner and faster than ever." Jeff Gilbert, Guitar World Magazine
-"THE NAKED AND FAMOUS: STARS WHO CAN'T KEEP THEIR CLOTHES ON" "The Great Kat - The Great Kat, whose real name is Katherine Thomas (sounds a lot more serene doesn't it?), has built a career on dressing like a dominatrix. Here she is in one of her more tame publicity shots, looking like she's prepared to rip our heads off." - Gigwise
-"I admire The Great Kat for her musical talent and charisma. Kat defies the odds, with mind-blowing technical skills on guitar and violin. I frequently wish that more women will pursue technical skill sets in music; the world needs more of us who self-identify as 'Great'." - sparksofme, Feeling Good About Feminism
-"The Great Kat, who is the world's fastest guitarist and plays the ultimate shred guitar, is a musical genius! 'Beethoven Shreds', doing Beethoven's 5th Symphony at lightning speed. All of the songs on this CD are played at a speed that only the most accomplished musicians could even hope to keep up with. What The Great Kat does in just a few moments is breathtaking. The speed at which she is able to play, while remaining in control of the music, is both amazing and perplexing. When you speak of 'doing things my way,' think of The Great Kat because that's exactly what she is doing by taking her gift as a classical violinist and transforming it into metal shredding of her violin and guitar in an astoundingly brilliant way. I highly recommend this CD." - Charles A. Smith, The Entertainment Bank
-"The art of female shred began with speed demon, The Great Kat. The Juilliard trained musician has won numerous accolades as one of the fastest guitar players in the world. Her talent is undeniable, and her over-the-top self-sexploitation has made her the first name to most casual metal fans lips when female lead guitarists are mentioned." - Rustyn Rose, Metalholic Magazine
-"Kat is truly one of the fastest and most over-the-top guitarists in the history of metal, and that can't be disputed. One of the best locally produced albums of 2011." - Bob Smith, Good Times Magazine
-"No one in heavy metal has exploited Beethoven to the extent of Katherine Thomas, known as 'The Great Kat.' She does not just play Beethoven. If you believe her, she is Beethoven reincarnated. Loud, blistering fast guitar riffs accompanied by screams, and an aggressive hyper-dominatrix persona. Her act is not subtle. She is direct and flamboyant about her intentions. Her virtuosity is for real. Over-the-top stage persona. This is a frontal assault." - Michael Broyles, "Beethoven in America" Book (Indiana University Press)
-"the great Kat. Worship Me or Die! It rips. You will buy this album. You will like it, because it shreds. You will join the Kat Slave Club. The great Kat has spoken. By the way, somebody pry me off this ceiling fan, OK?" - Pulse Magazine
-"She's loud, obnoxious, opinionated, very talented and she can keep you entertained for an entire afternoon. She invented a musical style she now calls Hyperspeed Metal. Here she is...the great Kat!" - Rock Beat Magazine
-"Kat has left the concert podium and entered the thrashatorium, plying her skills with violin and guitar in service of bone-crushing speed-crazed brain-warped sex-driven blood-lusting forged and tempered METAL THRASH!" - Hard Rock Magazine
-"Mad-cap classically-trained violinist The Great Kat has become an overnight hit in clubs with Beethoven On Speed, a mix of classical violin and heavy metal." - Daily Star Newspaper
-"A Shocking Talent. The Great Kat is a larger than life Juilliard trained classical violinist turned guitar shredder (extremely fast guitarist in the heavy metal style). She takes her knowledge of the great works of Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart and processes them through a heavy metal music filter to 'single-handedly resurrect classical music.' What she does: Kat’s extreme talent and classical training allows her to create an outrageous persona that supports both her professional message and motivation." - Rachel Weingarten, MintLife
-WQXR CLASSICAL RADIO FEATURES THE GREAT KAT IN "HOW BEETHOVEN BECAME AN AMERICAN ICON"! "Ludwig Through the Lens of Filmmakers, Activists, Rockers and Rappers. The Great Kat riffs on Beethoven." - By Brian Wise, WQXR Classical Radio
-"The Great Kat. 'Beethoven Shreds' which includes speed demon versions of five renowned classical compositions, lacing these masterpieces with the fuel and fury of metal. Combining classical content with thrash ferocity one of Kat’s signature pieces is Flight of Bumble Bee performed at over 300bpm. This storm of speed on both guitar and violin strings plays bafflingly fast, Kat effectively crashes together two opposing musical forces with all the gusto that shines through in her intimidating performances." - James Paterson, Necromag
-"Yeah! Banging my head to that! Let's meet the shredder behind this and a whole lot of classical inspired guitar histrionics, including the new album 'Beethoven Shreds' - THE GREAT KAT!" -Phil Hulett, L.A.'s Morning News - News Talk 980
"The Great Kat Shreds The Classics. I truly love my metal and this chick can shred!" - Maria Gagliano, Maria's Space
-"KATHERINE THOMAS: The Great Kat. The impressive bloody blonde, began as a model student violinist, even giving a concert as a solo violinist at Carnegie Hall. Great passion for the greats among the greats (Wagner, Paganini, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi ...) she realized that classical music was dead (according to her), and discovered speed metal. Her virtuosity on the violin was adapted to the guitar, and today is considered one of the fastest guitarists in the world." - Alejandra Rivera C., Attack Magazine
-"The Great Kat. 'Extreme Guitar Shred'. Should be watched rabidly by the fans that worship the Great Kat. Not only does she rain fiery words of degradation down on her servants, but she also dispatches her victims with blood slick on her face, fret-burning fingers, and cleavage. These are moments of pure heavy metal excess that, for a dedicated fan of the Great Kat, will be their raison d’etre. This is essential for the fans who say they worship their Classical-Shred Messiah." - Mister Frasier, Mister Growl
-"The queen of classical shred violin and one of the fastest guitar players in the world, The Great Kat." Will C, Southern Fried Gamer
-"The Great Kat. Her real name is Katherine Thomas and is known to have a very special talent for stringed instruments like the violin and guitar." -Virtuosos De La Guitarra
-"Great Kat, a foxy, speed metal-loving guitar shredder who also happens to be a Juilliard graduate violin virtuoso with a penchant for kicking the stuffing out of classical compositions by giving them rock treatments. Great Kat has apparently been amassing fans of her lightning-fast metal-meets-classical guitar playing from far and wide. I especially like her head-snapping run through Rimsky-Korsakov’s 'The Flight of the Bumblebee.' Enjoy!" -Kim Hughes, InMusic
-"THE GREAT KAT SIGNATURE SONG 'The Flight of the Bumble Bee'" "Juilliard-trained virtuoso. Heavy leather dominatrix persona so over the top." - Guitar World Magazine
-"Here's a little musical wake-up call. AH! 'The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee' the guitar shredding version." - Penny Griego, L.A.'s Morning News - News Talk 980
-"Great modern Beethoven reimaginer — The Great Kat! The Metal guitarist is one of the fastest on the planet (ask Guitar World magazine, which ranked her on their list of the 50 fastest players ever). Kat is a LVB superfan known for her takes on the musical genius' greatest composition. It's pretty much exactly what you would think a wild-eyed Thrash Metal guitar shredder playing Classical music would sound like, but impressive nonetheless." - Mike Breen, Cincinnati CityBeat
-The Great Kat, a.k.a. Katherine Thomas, Juilliard graduate, composer and self-styled multi-media wizard who claims that she is the reincarnation of Beethoven. Her CD, 'Beethoven on Speed' and 'The Great Kat's Digital Beethoven on Cyberspeed CD ROM' promise to 'take you screaming into the 21st century.'" - NPR
-"Great Kat: Beethoven's Guitar Shred. This intense release follows guitarist The Great Kat as she shreds through some of the fastest and most challenging pieces, like 'Flight of the Bumble Bee,' 'Paganini's Caprice #24,' 'Beethoven's 5th Symphony,' 'Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3,' and much more." - Barnes & Noble

-"Beethoven. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Soloist, Katherine Thomas, attacked the concerto with verve and zeal. Especially during the cadenza, she exhibited superb technique. Reminiscent of the young Isaac Stern." - Ivan Hametz,
Massapequa Post
-"What a joy is to hear a good violin recital! The musical feeling, warmth, technique and tonal beauty of Katherine Thomas." - Peter Bloch, Arts Close-Up, Canales
-"Get ready for a jolt!" - Martin Goldsmith, National Public Radio
-"The best music of 2011: The Great Kat: Wagner’s War, Tpr Music/Cargo" - Frankfurter Rundschau Newspaper (Germany)
-"The Great Kat is hands-down the most outrageous performer on the rock scene today - no doubt about it. The Great Kat is also one of the most skilled and passionate players on the rock scene today. With her Juilliard-trained facilities, she reworks classical fare into modern-day metal anthems and blazes with a technical proficiency which is nothing short of intimidating to even many an advanced 6-string shredder." -Skinny Devil, Skinny Devil Magazine
-"Musically the album has a lot of high points and Kat certainly shows plenty of ability on the fretboard and shows her virtuosity with a frenzied violin solo on ‘Demons’. Best cuts (musically) are probably the anthemic ‘Metal Messiah’ and the out’n’out thrash of ‘Satan Says’. The strong riffing ‘Ashes To Dust’ is also worth a mention and so too is the excellent production. If you like thrash with commercial appeal then Worship Me Or Die! is worth investigation." - Bernard Doe, Metal Forces Magazine
-"Guitar World Magazine called her one of the world’s 'greatest female guitarists,' and Guitar One Magazine called her one of the 'top ten shredders of all time.' The Great Kat. 'Beethoven Shreds'. Includes her version of the iconic classics 'The Flight Of The Bumble Bee,' Beethoven’s '5th Symphony,' Bach’s 'Brandenburg Concerto #3' and Paganini’s 'Caprice #24.'" - Phyllis Pollack, Guitar Girl Magazine
-"Hard-hitting sucker punch of shredded classical mayhem. 'Wagner’s War' is definitely a work of art provided by the hands, and twisted minds, of The Great Kat. Another must have for the everyday audiophile." - Alex Hipkins, Paper Dragon Ink

-"The Great Kat named one of the fastest guitar players. Probably the fastest female shredder on the face of the earth. 'Flight Of The Bumble-Bee' at 300 Beats Per Minute. It does not get any faster than that. This ('Beethoven's Guitar Shred' DVD) makes a great stocking stuffer.
The Great Kat 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred'." - Michael Butler, MEVIO Music
-"Beethoven Shreds. The Great Kat blazes her way through The Flight of the Bumblebee, the famous opening of Beethoven’s 5th. If you like your classical music fast, furious and with a speed metal twist, check out" - Jim Lundstrom, The Scene Newspaper
-"The best music of 2011: The Great Kat: Wagner’s War, Tpr Music/Cargo" - Berliner Zeitung Newspaper (Germany)

-"Frickin awesome. The Great Kat! She put out a killer album, 'Beethoven Shreds', this year. The Great Kat is really doing a lot to advance metal and Classical Music - the fusion of them. She's my Snowy's Angel Of The Year." - Roch Vaillancourt,
Radioactive Metal
-"BEETHOVEN SHREDS. If you like your classical music at locomotive speed and Jimi Hendrix styled sonic guitar, then take a listen to Juilliard rebel The Great Kat zip through The Flight of the Bumble Bee, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3 and Paganini's Caprice #24. It's worth considering using this music as cool entre into the world of classical music for unsuspecting youths. Fast she is, wild she is---catch your breath and spin a listen." - Eye on Dance and the Arts
-"The Great Kat, an American shredder. A sonic assault from the guitar goddess." "Oh, Jesus, Lord almighty! This woman scared the living hell out of me." - Max Thrasher and Brandon Williams, Slaughterama Heavy Metal Zine
-"Rock Goddess! The very COOL rock goddess, The Great Kat. That was 'Flight of the Bumble-Bee'. We're talking speeds of up to 300 Beats a minute here. INSANE guitar shred speed. That is just totally insane. Get your copy of 'Beethoven Shreds'." - Bill Bailey, The Bailey Broadcast Radio Show, 92.7 FM KGBR
-"The Great Kat's 'Beethoven Shreds.' If you've heard The Great Kat before, you know what to expect - classical music performed in a metal style at blinding speeds. What really struck me was the CD cover - it's about the most bizarre I've seen in a long time." - Dan Cross, Guitar
-"She does not skimp on technique and shouts to challenge the speed on the guitar, she is The Great Kat, who reinvents the great scores. She executes pieces like 'The Fifth Symphony' or Bach's 'Brandenburg Concerto' at the maximum speed on guitar and violin, with a crushing and powerful technique." - Israel Morales, Milenio (Mexico)
-"Kat is a Juilliard-trained violinist who traded in the sedate world of classical performance to play the guitar just shy of the speed needed to go back in time.  Kat forces these melodies through a black hole and back out again through in a white-hot stream of incredibly fine sound particles that ascend and descend so quickly and accurately that one could debate whether the interpretations are a performance or a weapon. For those who have thus far enjoyed the carnival ride of Beethoven Shreds should have no problem putting Kat's statue alongside the greats." - Jef With One F, Houston Press
-"The Great Kat – who is not only an excellent shredder, but a fine composer, too – is probably best known for re-orchestrating classical music standards for shred-metal interpretation. This has included the works of Vivaldi, Rossini, Beethoven, and others, and requires a firm grasp of both speed-picking and sweep-picking, not to mention a very limber fret-hand." -Skinny Devil, Skinny Devil Magazine
-"Great Kat. Incredible talent, one of the best female guitar player. This blonde has managed something that no one before her could do: combine speed metal with classical music. This creates 'Beethoven on speed.' Charming and adorable, and controversial and scandalous. She is known for her eccentricity and personality." - Stefan Davidovic, M@N! Magazine
-"The Great Kat is like the female version of Gilbert Gottfried, except she looks tastier and she can shred. Guitar One magazine actually did list her as one of the Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time." - Islander, No Clean Singing
-"Let's Shred the Symphony. 'Beethoven Shreds', with The Great Kat's amazing speed she will blow your mind and amaze you with how short the tracks of classical music become when someone can play so amazingly fast. Her rendition of 'The Flight of the Bumble-Bee' will simply blow your mind and will have you replaying it over and over again." - Erick Castillo, Disciplined Monkey Studios
-"Great Kat, 'Beethoven Shreds' (TPR): The fleet-fingered British guitarist takes on a variety of classical pieces, including Beethoven’s Fifth symphony, a couple of Bach pieces and 'The Flight of the Bumble-Bee.'" - Gary Graff, The Oakland Press
-"That upper tier of female metal artists is incomplete without The Great Kat. Holy face-melting shredding! The Great Kat is the first ever celebrity to make an appearance on Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare!" - Terry Stevens, Scary Terry's Saturday Nightmare Radio Show
-"This week's artist of the week is The Great Kat, the reincarnation of Beethoven, the goddess of shredding. Her new CD 'Beethoven Shreds'. The Classical mistress of the shred guitar! She's been melting our brains and our faces off. She shreds Classical like no one in the world. The Metal Goddess, The Great Kat. WORSHIP HER!" - Vampyr, The Vampyr's Underground Radio
-"The Great Kat presents 'Beethoven Shreds'. This is definitely my favorite classical speed metal record of the year." By Chris Carle, IGN
-"The guitar goddess, a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School as a violin virtuoso, considered by Guitar One magazine in the top 10 shred guitarists of all time. Kat unleashes high-speed guitar and violin madness in her latest album. Extraordinary guitarist." - La Pua (Mexico)
-"The Great Kat. Great guitar player and great entertainer. 'Beethoven Shreds'. It's just incredible. So many notes every second. It's crazy! Great Kat takes it to another level of speed. She is shredding the whole time. Paganini's 'Caprice #24'. She just shreds on that one, too. Intense guitar shredding. It's so awesome. The Great Kat is now in the 'Snowy's Angels Hall Of Fame'. We're honored to induct axe virtuoso THE GREAT KAT!" - Roch Vaillancourt, Radioactive Metal
-"Juilliard trained classical musician and face meltingly fast shred guitarist, The Great Kat, has a world wide release date for her album Beethoven Shreds. She takes classical music, pops the clutch and squeals the tires out of the gate, as she is one of the world's fastest shred guitarists. The really beauty of her music is her classical training really gives the songs a serious sense of refinement and production value." - Will C, Southern Fried Gamer
-"THE GREAT KAT WAS A GENIUS AHEAD OF HER TIME! She was absolutely brilliant and way ahead of her time. It’s kind of amazing how simultaneously obsessed with the music of the past and locked into the technology of the future The Great Kat is. She’s so sincere about her love of classical music and so cock-sure of the direction technology will head in the 21st Century… was she onto something or what?" - Vince Neilstein,

-"Beethoven Shreds is a high-octane wild ride of a musical performance by The Great Kat, who may well be the fastest guitarist in the world (unless someone can step forth and challenge her title)! The Great Kat performs furious, magnificent shreds of Beethoven's classics on both the violin and the electric guitar (often with orchestra & band) in this exciting masterpiece, encouraging all generations of music lovers to experience Beethoven in a whole new way. Highly recommended!" - James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review's Wisconsin Bookwatch
-"The Great Kat has earned a completely justified reputation as one of the world's fastest rock guitarists - her 'shredding' has to be heard to be believed." - Bob Smith, Good Times Magazine
-"The Great Kat Beethoven Shreds. All of her greatness is defined in this one neat package. Her interpretations will 'wow' anyone that hears them. The speed and ferocity that she displays is by far superior to any other I've ever heard. If you do not own other Great Kat albums go get this one! Mind blowing, guitar fueled experience that you will want to replay numerous times over." - Dennis Day, D-Day's Revenge Metalzine
-"WEDNESDAY'S WEB VIDEO GEM: THE MYSTERIOUS 'GREAT KAT'"! "That’s The Great Kat. A Juilliard alum turned thrash metal guitarist with a flair for covering classical music. A sampling of some of her album titles should give you an idea of what we’re working with: Digital Beethoven on Cyberspeed, Bloody Vivaldi, Worship Me or Die!" - Mike, Clicker Blog
-"The Great Kat handles classical chords effortlessly, with razor sharp focus and plays her violin and guitars, incredibly faster than Beethoven would have had ever ventured to dream. She is an inspiration to us all. THE GREAT KAT THE FASTEST SHRED GUITAR FETISHIST." - Naja Kemp,
Peter Kemp's Theatre
-"The Great Kat releases another blistering sonic assault on your eardrums. Do you like really fast metal? Do you enjoy some Beethoven? Well put them in a turbo blender and you get The Great Kat 'Beethoven Shreds'. This CD smashes you in the face right when you press play. The Great Kat puts down a blistering pace and never lets up. It's classical music set to 11, super fast and extremely brutal. If you like fast ass guitar / classical metal that wears your skin like Ed Gein pick this up." - Jon Chase, The Dstroyr Blog
-"The Great Kat - world's fastest guitar player. The Great Kat is known worldwide as an excellent guitar technician neoclassical / speed metal genre, but also for her high eccentricity."- Gisha and Marko Jovanovic, Metal Serbia
-"The Great Kat is a classically trained Violinist. She demands God-like admiration. Classical pieces in breath-taking speeds of high-fidelity. WORSHIP ME OR DIE! is a absolute must hear for Speed Metal fans." - Diana, Metal Hammer (Germany)
-"The Great Kat rises again as Beethoven gets the guitar shred treatment on DVD. If you like heavy metal, distorted guitars and wild ladies in bondage gear, we have just about the perfect DVD for you - The Great Kat's Beethoven's Guitar Shred. Kat's 'shredding' style is based on her classical violin education, now put to use mangling the greats of classical music into a nerve-jarring aural assault of finger-blisteringly fast electric noise. It is something you'll want to watch over and over again, as much for Kat's scantily-clad, blood-spattered dominatrix stage persona as for her blistering performances." - Chris Jenkins, Home Cinema Choice
-Guitar Player Magazine's "Guts & Glitter" Names The Great Kat "20 Extraordinary Female Guitarists"! "The Juilliard-trained violinist and guitar shredder transforms classical masterworks into speed-metal songs, rages like a demented dominatrix, spews blood, bears arms, exposes her goodies, and indulges in both mental and dramatic castrations." - Michael Molenda, Guitar Player Magazine's "Guts & Glitter"
-"The Great Kat - Beethoven Shreds. Besides the respect for the unbelievable skills that one needs to pull this kind of thing off, I have to admit that I like what I hear. I think it's kind of refreshing and very funny to hear these classical melodies being performed in a more contemporary way. Over the top? You bet. 'Beethoven Shreds' shows a nice equilibrium between skill, an adventurous approach and humour. And I like that." - Peter Van Laarhoven, United Mutations
-UGO.COM Names The Great Kat's "Bloody Vivaldi" CD #6 In "THE BLOODIEST ALBUM COVERS OF ALL TIME"! "#6 Bloody Vivaldi. The Great Kat is probably the most respected female metal guitarist in the world, with her lightning-fast shredding winning fans wherever she goes. Most of her work is metal reinterpretations of classical pieces, and on the cover of the 1998 EP Bloody Vivaldi, she decided to take the title literally and get drenched in buckets of gore. I approve!" - K. Thor Jensen,
-"The woman that I now believe is a dark superhero sent by the ghosts of composers past in order to make darn sure nobody forgets who they are, by any means necessary, the one, the only, THE GREAT KAT!!!!" - 'Evil' Ian Miller, AV Maniacs
-"She is fast, technical and devilish when she plays and it connects very well to classical music. Great Kat almost makes sparks out of her fingers. The Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD is her newest product, which features breathtaking tracks. For those who like speed, she bangs!" - Henrique Inglez de Souza, Guitar Player Magazine Brazil
"Juilliard prodigy The Great Kat. One fireball force of nature. Super formidable shredder. High speed Neo-Classical shred and actual Classical compositions." - Ian Christe, Host, "Bloody Roots" Show, Your Weekly Heavy Metal History Lesson, Sirius XM Liquid Metal
-"The Great Kat. The High Priestess of Guitar Shred. She can play 'Flight of the Bumblebee' at 300 beats per minute! Wagner’s War, a no-holds-barred response to September 11, includes a cover of that tender Nazi classic 'Flight of the Valkyries.'  Her followers (the 'Kat slaves') think she’s just the soldier America needs. Ranked among 'The Ten Fastest Shredders of All Time.' Totally spoiling her crazy-lady rep: She studied classical violin at Juilliard." - Melissa Maerz, New York Magazine
-"One is surprised to discover that there exists a human that fast, which is a furious woman. She is called The Great Kat, always dressed like a dominatrix and covered in blood of her enemies. Costumed in this way, there is a madness that borders on genius. The Great Kat has decided to convert the immortal themes of Paganini, Vivaldi, Beethoven and Wagner, which she calls 'shred/classical', where the scores are a hail of bullets." - Filippo Casaccia, Carmilla On Line
-"The songs are very complex, loud, and powerful. 'Rossini's William Tell Overture' is a GREAT version, intense, ultra-fast piece featuring Kat on guitar, violins and viola." Renzo Parodi, Psicoterror Zine
-"Heavy Metal Beethoven. Ya gotta see (and hear) this one to believe it. It's a guitar shred. A really really fast guitar shred.  Beethoven's Guitar Shred is a DVD featuring The Great Kat, a classical violin wunderkind turned metal guitar shred virtuoso. Like I said, watch and listen for yourself." - Dave White, Classic Rock
-“'Rossini’s Rape'. At the very start of the album, you are suckered into thinking that you will have a nice, calm time while kicked back listening to some tunes. Just a few seconds in, and TGK’s version of Rossini’s, 'William Tell Overture', will have you back on your feet and ready to rumble." - Paper Dragon Ink
-"She doesn't play, but incinerates, classical music -- and is faster than Yngwie Malmsteen. The Great Kat - a Juilliard graduate, takes guitar playing, classical music, and performance wow-ness to a whole new level." - Melanie "Sass" Falina, NoneLouder
-"The Great Kat is an English virtuoso violinist and metal guitarist who breaks down all classical artists like Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays her pieces at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her ample classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - Eddy, 7Mohijo Blog
-"The Great Kat Shred Guitar Virtuoso is the only musician taking note-for-note authentic Classical Music scores. She is fast, technical and devilish." - Guitar Holiday
-"The Great Kat. She is among the 10 fastest guitarists in the world. She has a technique worthy of admiration due to her high accuracy and degree of perfectionism." - EN 440

"Juilliard. New York City's distinguished Juilliard school offers a well regarded music program. The music program at Juilliard features alumni such as 'The Great Kat' Katherine Thomas." - Sarah Wallman, eHow
-"The Great Kat Shred Guitar Virtuoso is the only musician taking note-for-note authentic Classical Music scores. She is fast, technical and devilish." - Guitar Holiday

-"The Great Kat 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' is the perfect gift to impress any rocker on your list. The Great Kat is a Juilliard trained violinist turned shredder. And she is fast. She takes Beethoven's music to all new rock -n-roll heights. She is cool and your rocker would love to get this DVD for the Holidays. This is a DVD that is going to impress the rocker in your life this Holiday season." - Susan McGlaun,
-"She is a violin virtuoso, and Juilliard graduate. She is The Great Kat, one of the fastest, face melting guitarists of all time. Wagner’s 'The Ride of the Valkyries' an instantly familiar song to anyone who hears the famous melody. The production value astounded me. There about a million different things going on at mind boggling speeds. It was amazing how good it sounded. It is not just your average shred guitar, there is a full orchestra of sounds backing her, and when she pulls out the violin it is amazing. Musically the album is great. An all around winner." Will C, Southern Fried Gamer
-"To play faster is impossible. Great Kat is the fastest woman in the world of metal. Guitarist who reinvents Beethoven with great speed. Beethoven's Guitar Shred, a DVD which puts her virtuosity to the service of these musical geniuses, makes your hair stand on end. Her CDs are gems of virtuosity and ahead of time, always premised on speed. The guitarist makes the music flow and electrifies the senses, and she reminds us how great were those who contributed these notes to the history of music, and as with the metal, she knows how to combine them perfectly." - Israel Morales, Milenio (Mexico)
-"The Great Kat. She is the Juilliard-trained guitar shredder goddess of great note and can play 'The Flight of the Bumblebee' at 300 beats per minute. I was charged by her 'Bloody Vivaldi' release with 'The Four Seasons' for violin, chamber orchestra and band. She’s all over it and it’s fast, amazing and memorable. Sarasate's 'Carmen Fantasy' is another classic twist. Pictured in a black bikini and chains on the back, The Great Kat’s long, golden hair is as wild as her playing is meticulous. Kat is still shocking. She's already tackled 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' and other familiar artists." - Darragh Doiron, The Port Arthur News
-"The music of the Great Kat is such an unique, inevitable and astounding accomplishment. The Great Kat is a female, heavy metal shredder of unquestionably advanced technical proficiency and speed on her instruments. Her technique is impeccable, her skills and fluidity ARE astounding. She is quite staggering to watch and has technique to spare. She really is one of the best guitarists out there, bar none." - Gary Gomes, Perfect Sound Forever
-"The Great Kat is one of the best guitarists in the world, and she is trained as a classical violinist." - Blog Elaphar
-"The Great Kat: The world's fastest guitarist, a cross between the attitude of Wendy O. Williams, the power of Kerry King and the precision of Beethoven. Incomparable virtuosity and sensuality. The one true queen of metal and classical music ... Hail Kat!!!!" Zamir Resk Facco, La Religion del Rock Pesado
-"Great Kat strikes again. Beethoven's Guitar Shred contains classical music from Beethoven, Paganini and Bach revised in very, very fast heavy metal music and also the known Korsakov's 'Flight of the Bumblebee', played in 300 bpm! Great Kat is a great instrument player. She easily shreds the guitar and the violin playing with devilish quickness and surely deserves the honors she's got from magazines from the US." - George Christodoulopoulos, Burn Out Magazine (Greece)
-"Metal Messiah by The Great Kat. You can see some of her classical music background (some of the shredding sounds like the opening to Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries) but at the same time the song is totally metal and has a good beat." - Natalya, Online Culture In 2011 Blog
-"The Great Kat has been relentless in her quest to merge classical music standards with thrash, resulting in some of the fastest guitar work ever heard in the genre. 'Wagner's War' feature Kat's impossible guitar technique as well as escapades on violin. It is sheer brutality." - Alun Thomas, GloryDaze Music

-"The Great Kat is a female metal guitar virtuoso, heavily influenced by classical music. The Great Kat demonstrates the extremes to which metal performers go to accentuate their virtuosity on various instruments." - William Phillips and Brian Cogan, Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music
-"The Great Kat, the virtuoso violinist and guitarist of metal who shreds all classical artists such as Beethoven, Paganini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays their parts at the speed of light. She is quite a character, genius and figure, but her extensive classical training allows her to reach extreme speeds that few are able to reach." - Jordi Zelig Tarrega, The Metal Circus
-"Posing as a dominatrix as she pours out classical licks in the form of liquid metal riffs, Great Kat is one of the most unique figures in metal. She has the ego of David Lee Roth and the fingers of Steve Vai." - Marc Kate, Rhapsody
-"All three acts of this cycle ('War,' 'Revenge,' and 'Victory') are delivered at a breakneck pace. It's not your typical metal, but then again, the Great Kat isn't your typical metal star." - iTunes
-"The Great Kat: Guitar Heroine, Speed Metal Queen, Juilliard graduate, and one of the world’s fastest guitarists. Besides her insanely quick playing, her trademark is that she loves to play classic pieces on her guitar. She’s also quite terrifying." - Jason MacIsaac,
-"The queen of speed, the champion of all things shred and the uncontested ruler of humanity, a goddess who can play at speeds of 300bpm. The sheer ferocious power of The Great Kat’s new Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD has burned all feeble human minds to a cinder in the wake of Kat’s invincible/truthful shred onslaught. This new bible for humanity has quickly left Kat as the dominant force on the planet Earth." - By Morgan Y. Evans, Crusher Magazine
-"Running through four pieces in a scant six and a half minutes, Rossini's Rape leads off with a version of the titular composer's William Tell Overture, arranged for a combination of speed metal band and orchestra. Slayer meets Yngwie Malmsteen, except fronted by a shrieking female violinist, which actually adds a new dimension to the sinister feel of the music. The Great Kat is without a doubt an amazingly accomplished musician." - iTunes
-"Think that you are the fastest Guitarist ever? Well, your not. But the Great Kat is." - BKnight, Southern Fried Gamer
-"The Great Kat hardcore metal musician with some serious shred, I’m talkin bloody fingers fast dudes. She takes classic tunes and mixes it up with some metal and produces one unique, fast-paced sound. There’s nothing like seeing a woman spread wide with a guitar between her legs. If you’re a fan of heavy metal then definitely take The Great Kat’s Beethoven’s Guitar Shred for a spin; it’s a unique spin on classic hits that’s sure to please. It’s been Valkor tested and TOV Approved." - Valkor, The Other View
-The Great Kat Named "GUITARIST OF THE MONTH" (APRIL 2010!  "Guitarist of the Month. April is the month for The Great Kat. She is a composer, musical revolutionary and a musician best known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known pieces of classical music." -  RizMum, RizMum Blog
-"A lightning-quick rendition of Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville'. With visual fare as strong a selling point as her aural treats, it is no wonder that there is a video for 'Dominatrix.' Kat batters her submissive ones and bats out the double-quick fretwork. Guitar Goddess features the lusty lady of the leapin' licks among big crosses, dungeon settings, whips and chains." - iTunes
-The Great Kat "10 FASTEST GUITARIST" - Blogger On Bing Information
-"The Great Kat Earns a Big Thumbs Up from Imaging Insider!" - Elmo Sapwater, Imaging Insider
-"Blending the showmanship of metal with the intensive musical construction of classical, Kat has carved out a name for herself in musical history by shredding some of the greatest musical works of our time." - Carly Milne, AOL's Digital City
-"Guitar/violin virtuoso The Great Kat. She's a terrifying individual with the guitar and violin skills above and beyond." - Bob Zerull, Zoiks! Online
-"The Great Kat Priestess of the Guitar Shred and Beethoven. Great Kat, claimed to actually be a contemporary Ludwig van Beethoven, can perform some insanely crazy feats, including performing many of Beethoven's works at ridiculously mind-numbing speeds. Great Kat and Beethoven demonstrated incredible music accomplishments. (Great Kat actually holds a degree from Juilliard)." - Sabrina Young, Associated Content
-"Kat has secured her position as the only classically-trained violinist-turned scantily-clad demonic guitar dominatrix and ambassador of the fine musical arts! Wow. It's difficult not to be bowled over by The Great Kat when she pretty much leaves you no alternative! Centering in on the universal male love of blood, cleavage and wickedly fast/intricate guitar displays. BEETHOVEN'S GUITAR SHRED, an ultra high-energy paen to Ludwig Van, J.S. Bach, Rimsky-Kosakov, that devilish Paganini, and of course, The Great Kat herself." - Ian Miller, AV Maniacs
-"The Great Kat, guitar virtuoso and shredding queen. She graduated from Juilliard after studying the violin but then turned her attention to the guitar, turning classical pieces into insane speed metal. A rad chick with an incredible talent." - Jasmine, Blonde Metal Blog
-"The Great Kat's take on classical music, which is what she's really known for, I think my favorite video would have to be 'Beethoven's Fifth Symphony,' which is simply brutal. 'Hot Shred Bits 2,' that flash by to the tune of some seriously fast shred guitar. I know The Great Kat will never disappoint me...and I can't think of any other artist that I can say that about. So, if you ask me if this release is worth checking response would be, 'You're damn right it is!'" - Paul Autry, Ballbuster Music
-"The Great Kat one of the fastest guitar players in the galaxy releases new CD. Wagner's War. It's pretty insane and her abilities are proven on this disc. She just shreds. Over the top speed runs, and a violin. She is a classically trained musician and throws down on the violin for some extra ripping." - Dstroyr
-"The Great Kat dazzles with her virtuosic high-voltage guitar technique (and penchant for heavy metal/goth) on her Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD. Wildly entertaining." - fab Magazine
-"This dvd is made for guitar enthusiasts who believe speed is everything. They will love this dvd. For speed freaks." - David Berkham, DVD Corner's Blog
-"Beethoven's Guitar Shred, featuring The Great Kat, is one hell of a way to infuse both the love of metal and classical music into one gift. With performances of classical pieces like "Flight of the Bumblebee" amped up to 300bpm and face-melting solo work, this is a great fun gift that will have you watching her fingers in awe." - Rene Rosa aka Evil Adam, Entertaining Evil
-"Wow! Very rarely does a DVD come along that inspires the old 'You'll have to see it to believe it!' But such is the case with The Great Kat's Beethoven's Guitar Shred, an amazing display of speedy guitar wizardry. Kat slices and dices the Paganini composition with precision on guitar but she also plays a violin part that makes Charlie Daniels' fiddle-off with the devil on 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' look like a molasses-dripping contest." - antiMUSIC
-"The queen of speed. The Great Kat plays shred covers of classical composers like Beethoven and Wagner. One of the fastest guitarists of all, her persona knows no limits." - Zach Zimmerman, Associated Content
-"The guitarist Katherine Thomas aka The Great Kat is ranked among the fastest metal shredders of all time." - Danny Kringiel, Spiegel Online (Germany)
-"Juilliard-trained violinist the Great Kat (aka Katherine Thomas) is the most mind-bogglingly fast." - Elle Magazine
-"Great Kat alone has added the virtuosity of Marty Friedman, the perfectionism and complexity of Yngwie. Beethoven On Speed, a real clinic that would make the most dexterous on the six strings hesitate.  It is metal, thrash and neo-classical shred, devastating scholarly - perfect fusion of two apparently opposite musical forms, but that without a doubt can converge at the moment of extreme complexity." La Religion del Rock Pesado
-"An incredibly talented musician. My fingers hurt just listening to that ("The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee"), which is remarkable. The speed with which her fingers are moving to do that--it's INSANE!" Cathy Brooks, Social Media Hour on Blog Talk Radio
-"On the new DVD 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred', The Great Kat (a.k.a. Katherine Thomas) buzzes through 'Flight of the Bumblebee' at a mind-numbing 300 beats per minute. The classically trained musician claims to be one of planet's fastest guitar players, and who can argue?" - Lou Carlozo, Chicago Tribune
-"The Great Kat is a Juilliard-trained violin virtuoso who demonstrates the complementary aspects of classical and metal through her over-the-top, dominatrix persona, her self-styled 'shred/classical' genre and her instructional DVDs. With the rarity of her gift and the minority of her gender in this genre, she's been tearing up her fretboard and blistering her fingers for plenty of years. Those who don't hop on the Great Kat express are bound to get run over!" Amy Sciarretto, AOL Music Noisecreep
-"She possesses a prodigious talent, a virtuosic precision that allows her to play classical transcriptions on her guitar at upwards of 300 beats per minute.  The Great Kat is one of those outsize performing personas as well as a masterful musician." - Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
-"Beethoven’s music performed by The Great Kat, a Juilliard-trained musician and one of the fastest 'shredders' of all time. Beethoven’s Fifth that is played with absurd velocity on an electric guitar.  Beethoven can never have found himself in odder company than that of The Great Kat, and I amused myself thinking what he would have made of it all. I like to imagine one of his furious temper tantrums. But Mozart, a more ribald soul, would surely have found it hilarious. " - Peter Aspden, Financial Times
-"Juilliard-trained violinist the Great Kat has been called 'The High Priestess Of Shred' and is one of the most mind-bogglingly fast guitarists you’ve ever seen. She is best known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known classical pieces." - Dawsons Music (U.K.)
-"The Great Kat - Hungarian Rhapsody #2 ** One of the Greatest Songs of All Time" - Voice Of Reason Playlist
-"Beethoven’s Guitar Shred is a collection of Kat’s videos showing her playing various classical pieces, Speed Metal style. If The Flash played guitar, this is what it would look like. Several magazines proclaim her one of the world’s fastest guitarists, and I believe it. It’s astonishing to watch. The music is recognizable to anyone who knows the classical pieces. Flight of the Bumble Bee would be great for any arcade game with a frantic pace. She’s also such an extreme personality that I could see The Great Kat herself in a videogame." - Jason MacIsaac,
-"Her guitar performance is beyond energetic, transcending to the level of mania, as she shreds a ferocious medley of Beethoven, Bach, and raw fervor. A raucous blend of classical music, heavy metal, and stinging social commentary. Beethoven's Guitar Shred is truly unforgettable, and especially recommended for metal fans." - James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review
-"The Great Kat has launched her new DVD in which the extraordinary guitarist includes classic works by the deaf genius (Beethoven), Bach and Paganini. Katherine Thomas broke speed records by playing the famous piece "The Flight of the bumblebee" at a dizzying 300 beats per minute. A fierce guitarist specializing in heavy metal versions of the classics." - Guillermo Aguilera, Contenido
-"The Great Kat is a leather-clad dominatrix who plays lightning-fast metal versions of the classics. This is sex meets shred as Kat rips through The Flight Of The Bumble Bee on electric guitar at 300 beats per minute." - Paul Cole, Sunday Mercury
-"The Great Kat, who you may know as one of the fastest, fiercest heavy metal guitar shredders in the universe. I popped it in, and was delighted to find some of the greatest heavy metal videos ever made. This lady is hard core. She plays Beethoven's symphonies the way he always intended: incredibly fast and covered in blood." - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Online
-"To the beat of Beethoven at Full Speed. The extraordinary guitarist in this work shows a strong and terrifying personality. A DVD for heavy people, a strange mixture of rock, classical music, hemoglobin, some sex and terror." - Guillermo Aguilera, Supermexicanos
-"Move over, Jamie Foxx. The Soloist's insanely genius Juilliard apprentice is up against some formidable competition, and she's female. The Great Kat is basically showing the male competition how it's done, better and faster.  Her raging, fast forward in real time Beethoven's Guitar Shred is like nothing that has come before. A mix 'n match medley of Beethoven, Bach, Abu Ghraib and Islamic insurgency.  A classical/metal lovers everywhere wakeup call, these mini-musicals for guitar, violin and machete could very well blow your mind." - Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
-"Kat is a classically trained violinist graduated from Juilliard. But what do you do when you're a hot (technically and physically) virtuoso? Her answer was to apply her substantial violin technique to the electric guitar. And the results are amazing." - Henry Davis, TechBites
-"Blood + Beethoven + metal = Great Kat. Uber-fast metal guitar wiz. She performed Beethoven tunes at top volume covered in blood and shrouded in flames." - Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
-MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW'S 5 STARS REVIEW OF "BEETHOVEN'S GUITAR SHRED" DVD ON AMAZON.COM: "Especially recommended for metal fans." - Midwest Book Review
-"More female chauvinist than feminist, Kat is best described as a 21st century Janis Joplin who breaks out of the conventionally assigned gender role limitations of acceptable female behavior, creatively and otherwise, to give the historically male dominated music scene a woman's energy and edge." - Prairie Miller, Critical Women On Film Journal - The Women Film Critics Circle
-"The Great Kat should be feared because her hyper-blasting, neo-classical, whirlwind guitar playing is so precise and intense. This woman really is a better guitarist than most men ever were. Beethoven’s Guitar Shred DVD is a portable clinic of seemingly inhuman guitar antics.  Dominating torture, blood, fire, anti-terrorist sentiments – all wrapped in an oddly tasteful, hyper-classical visual feast." - Mark Morton, Heavy Metal Examiner
-"Today one of the best ('shredding') is The Great Kat. Kat really is original and inventive and like nothing that has come before. One might compare her to Janis Joplin." - Chuck N. Baker, Veterans Reporter
-"The Great Kat. She's loud and profane. Her fretboard speed is awesome, and she'll take on all challengers to her classical-shred mastery. And, oh yeah, she gargles blood." - Guitar Player Magazine
-"Thrill again to the electrifying playing of The Great Kat in Beethoven's Guitar Shred." - Michael Janusonis, Providence Journal
-"The Great Kat the best guitar shredder of our times." - Elmo Sapwater, Imaging Insider
-"Genius at work in this metal masterpiece. This Juilliard-trained violinist puts her intensely fast fingers to new use playing some of the fastest shredding you’re ever going to hear on both electric guitar and violin. Amazing version of 'Flight of the Bumblebee.'" - Jonathan Knell, Campus Circle

-"The Great Kat plays at lightening speed that it’s impossible to see her fingers moving up and down the fret. Layers upon layers of intricate fast guitar playing that will make grown men and women sell their guitars. The Great Kat is a musical enigma bringing together what some might consider God’s soundtrack and the Devil’s music in a raging war. Great stuff." - Jim Ody, RoomThirteen Magazine

-"Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD is really awesome. So if you're a fan of blood and crazy guitar work, you just might want to grab this one." - FoundryMusicRob,

-"One is surprised to discover that there exists a human that fast, which is a furious woman. She is called The Great Kat. With her, the themes of Beethoven become a projectile." - Rolling Stone Magazine (Italy)

-"The Great Kat can outplay just about every guitarist on the planet.  She can zoom up and down a fretboard faster than a hungry cheetah on steroids. Her fretboard speed is awesome."- Michael Molenda, Guitar Player Magazine
-"'Girl power' is a gross understatement. The world's first shredding dominatrix." - Guitar One Magazine
-"The Great Kat -  the world’s foremost female shredder. If you think composers like Antonio Vivaldi and Niccolo Paganini are just stuffy old white guys, wait until you see a leather-and-fishnet clad wild woman bump up the BPMs. You really need to see her videos in order to comprehend just how talented — and completely over-the-top — the Great Kat's persona is in person." - By Jonah Bayer, Gibson Lifestyle
-"She has technique galore -- playing incredibly fast (shredding). Her speed-demon take on classical music is fun to listen to. The driving rhythms at these speeds and amplification can be spectacular." - Andrew Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Now's Classical Musings
"Ultimate, electrifying, incandescent, revolutionary musician." - Naja Kemp, Peter Kemp's Theatre
-"Played hot enough to melt the plastic plants on a public access TV stage." - Videos
-"In the matter of virtuosity, the speed metal guitarist, The Great Kat, leaves you stunned. The guitarist makes an impression with her dominance of speed techniques." - Henrique Inglez de Souza, Guitar Player Magazine Brazil
-"The Great Kat's chops are impressive – the speed with which she spits out scales on both electric guitar and violin is astounding, especially when accompanied, as it is on the DVD’s six videos, by her snarling, wild-eyed metal posturing and head-banging." - Patrick Enright, The News Tribune
-"This one-of-a-kind musician knows excitement." John Lorinc, CNN Radio's "Measure To Measure"
-"The more you know about The Great Kat, the more she seems like a walking, talking unifying theory of women and rock guitar." - David Segal, The Washington Post
-"The Great Kat can totally shred. In fact, she's so scary fast on guitar and violin, that once you retrieve your ego from the gutter, you almost have to laugh. Her technique is simply insane." - Michael Molenda, Guitar Player Magazine
-"The Great Kat, New York's head-banging thrash goddess, continues to connect the dots between metal music and classical with her latest, 'Wagner's War.' Inspired by the events of Sept. 11, Kat renders some of music's most famous, aggressive, battle-inspired pieces in shredding-speed metal arrangements that hiss and spit." - Dan Aquilante, New York Post
-"The wave of the future might well be heavy-metal Beethoven by way of Juilliard." - John Rockwell, The New York Times
-"Kat's hyper-driven humor and aggressive presence may be exactly what is needed to set straight the basics of Beethoven and Bach." Marilyn A. Gillen, Billboard Magazine
-"Her music isn't heard; it's felt. Loud and constant, it cuts through the listener's body like a blunt knife."  Farhan Memon, The New York Post
-The Great Kat, Juilliard prodigy-turned-caterwauling speed-metal guitarist, may be abrasive, but judging from this disc, she's never boring. A-" Bob Strauss, Entertainment Weekly
"Extreme Guitar Shred" DVD
"Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD
TESCO'S TV Commercial for Activision video game “CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS” -  Featuring The Great Kat’s Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
"COMING ATTRACTIONS" Movie - Featuring The Great Kat's Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody #2"
Blender Online Video Channel - Featuring Entire "The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee" Music Video
"Satan Says" 3-Song Vinyl Record EP
"Worship Me Or Die!" CD
"Beethoven On Speed" CD
"Digital Beethoven On Cyberspeed" Multimedia CD-ROM/CD
"Guitar Goddess" CD
"Bloody Vivaldi" CD
"Rossini's Rape" CD
"Wagner's War" CD
"Beethoven Shreds" CD
"Goddess Shreds Live In Chicago” Single
“Metal Messiah”
“Beethoven Mosh”
"Digital Beethoven On Cyberspeed" CD-ROM/CD Preview
“Torture Chamber”
"Live In Chicago"
“Guitar Shredder From Hell”
Paganini's "Caprice #24"
"The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee"
"Torture Techniques"
Beethoven's "5th Symphony"
Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto #3"
"Kat Kartoon" ("The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee")
Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
Rossini's "William Tell Overture"
Paganini's "Caprice #9"
NBC-TV's "FANTASY" TV SHOW performing "CSARDAS" on VIOLIN as the featured SOLOIST (Hosts Peter Marshall and Leslie Uggams)

The Great Kat/Sarasate's "ZAPATEADO" (from "Wagner's War" CD) MP3 Clip of The Great Kat/Sarasate's "ZAPATEADO" MP3 iTUNES Wav
The Great Kat/Wagner's
"The Ride Of The Valkyries"
(From "Wagner's War" CD)
MP3 Clip of The Great Kat/Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries" MP3 iTUNES Wav
The Great Kat/Rossini's "William Tell Overture" (From "Rossini's Rape" CD)
MP3 Clip of The Great Kat/Rossini's "William Tell Overture" MP3
The Great Kat's/Bazzini's
"The Round of the Goblins" (From "Rossini's Rape" CD)
MP3 Clip of The Great Kat/Bazzini's "ROUND OF THE GOBLINS" MP3 iTUNES Wav
The Great Kat's/Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" (From "Bloody Vivaldi" CD)
MP3 Clip of The Great Kat/Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" MP3 iTUNES Wav

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