"The Great Kat was born Katherine Thomas in Swindon, England and began Classical piano studies at 7. At the age of 9, she began Classical violin studies in New York. She performed as a Prodigy Violin Soloist for Governor Oscar Flores Tapia in Coahuila, Mexico at the Centennial of General Vito Alessio Robles’s birth and at the famous Teatro Fernando Soler as a Prodigy Violin Soloist in Saltillo, Mexico. The Great Kat 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. 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."
"On September 18, 1990, Roadrunner Records released an album that was to change the world of heavy metal guitar forever! 'Beethoven On Speed' by THE GREAT KAT shook up the speed metal genre with its never-before-heard mixture of authentic classical music and shredding guitar! Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this now-iconic album by Uber Rock's favourite guitarist by doing everything today at 25 times the speed you would normally do it!"-Gaz, Uber Rock
UBER ROCK FEATURES THE GREAT KAT! "THE GREAT KAT... as a hot cop? A power drill shredder? It's a Labor Day photo bonanza!" "Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. Sounds pretty standard, right? Well, THE GREAT KAT, the reincarnation of Beethoven and Uber Rock's favourite guitarist in the history of music, has upped the ante with a new Labor Day-inspired photo shoot par excellence! Want to see the world-famous Juilliard graduate as a hot cop or a power drill shredder, or maybe just fancy getting a pat down from one of the world's fastest guitar shredders? Look no further!" - Gaz, Uber Rock http://www.uberrock.co.uk/news-updates/99-september-news-updates/15580-the-great-kat-as-a-hot-cop-a-power-drill-shredder-its-a-labor-day-photo-bonanza.html
features The Great Kat! "Happy Labor Day from The Great Kat – Your
Labor Day Hot Shred Cop & Construction Power Drill Shredder!"
METAL CENTRE Features The Great Kat "Back to school with your hot shred teacher THE GREAT KAT" "Now learn with “Back To School” guitar tablature & music notation videos from The Great Kat." - Metal Centre
THEATREMONKEY.COM Features The Great Kat!! "Back To School with Your Hot Shred Teacher Great Kat! Now Obey Your Teacher or Go To Detention!
UBER ROCK DECLARES: "THE GREAT KAT shreds underwater in greatest photoshoot in music history!"
Uber Rock loves THE GREAT KAT - you know that by now, right? At our weakest moments, when we're imagining the reincarnation of Beethoven shredding just for us, we try to think of a way that the iconic guitar goddess could get any more awesome. When we do, we always come around to one way of thinking...
The Great Kat should do an underwater photoshoot where she shreds her violin, escapes from a certain watery grave, Houdini-style, and lures sailors with her sea shred licks!
Praise the maker, for our dreams have come true! Check out the brand new underwater photo shoot from The Great Kat below!"-
Gaz, Uber RockREAD at http://www.uberrock.co.uk/news-updates/98-august-news-updates/15329-the-great-kat-shreds-underwater-in-greatest-photoshoot-in-music-history.html
Features The Great Kat in "The Great Kat Shredding Underwater Sea
Siren Mermaid & Houdini-Style!"
BBC RADIO’S "THE ARTS HOUR" with NIKKI BEDI features THE GREAT KAT'S BEETHOVEN'S "5th SYMPHONY", "BEETHOVEN MOSH" and INTERVIEW from "FAST AND FURIOSO"!
"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
UBER ROCK FEATURES THE GREAT KAT in "The BBC loves THE GREAT KAT almost as much as us... almost....."! "Uber Rock has a love rival. THE GREAT KAT, Uber Rock's favouritest guitarist and dream woman, is now being generally adored by the BBC! Nikki Bedi's 'The Arts Hour' on BBC Radio features The Great Kat's recent interview from the 'Fast and Furioso' radio show, plus plays of 'Beethoven Mosh' and Kat's feral take on Beethoven's '5th Symphony'." - Gaz, Uber Rock
BBC CULTURE FEATURES THE GREAT KAT IN "THE NEED FOR SPEED: MUSIC'S FASTEST AND MOST FURIOUS"! "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
ITCHER MAGAZINE NAMES THE GREAT KAT "BEST AMERICAN FEMALE GUITARISTS – SHREDDING SIRENS"!
"Thrash metal queen The Great Kat. The Great Kat. Song recommendation – ‘Beethoven Mosh 5th Symphony in C Minor’. 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
FEATURES THE GREAT KAT! "CELEBRATE SUMMER with VIVALDI’S “THE FOUR
SEASONS – SUMMER” from UPCOMING NEW GREAT KAT DVD!"
FEATURES THE GREAT KAT! "CELEBRATE SUMMER with VIVALDI’S “THE FOUR
SEASONS – SUMMER” from UPCOMING NEW GREAT KAT DVD!"
NEW! "YOURCLASSICAL" FEATURES THE GREAT KAT! "The Great Kat,
violin-guitar virtuoso and self-styled Beethoven reincarnate. Is
this Juilliard-trained, hard-rocking musician really the
reincarnation of Beethoven?" - YourClassicall
VH1 NAMES THE GREAT KAT "ROCK ON, QUEENS OF NOISE: 10 MORE KILLER HEAVY METAL FRONTWOMEN"!
"The Great Kat. 'Metal Messiah'. Beastly in the best sense, ferocious violin virtuoso and lightning-clawed guitar shredder The Great Kat (born Katherine Thomas) exploded on to the metal scene in 1987 with Worship Me or Die! It’s a still-stupefying incendiary collection of original compositions that announced a new talent that could never be slowed down, held back, or pent up.
Since then, Kat continues to slay all comers with live performance displays of seemingly impossible technical wizardry and a steady succession of releases that combine her classical music roots with her volcanic lust for metal at its fastest, hardest, and most complex. Kat also sings like a she-demon in simultaneous agony and ecstasy while her hellfire music blazes ever onward." - by Mike McPadden, VH1http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2015-03-31/10-more-heavy-metal-frontwomen/3/
BOPIAN FEATURES THE GREAT KAT'S "THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE-BEE"!
"Guitarist The Great Kat: The Flight of the Bumble Bee. Hurricane
Speed - 50 fastest Shred guitarists" - Bopian (China)
"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,
"THE GREAT KAT, the reincarnation of
Beethoven, the world's fastest and hottest guitar shredder, and Uber
Rock's dream woman, is the subject of a new holiday-based photo
shoot that will make the Easter Bunny's loins feel funny." -
"Collection - The Great Kat" on Network Awesome! "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
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE NAMES THE GREAT KAT "NEED FOR SPEED: THE 50 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME"! "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."
THEATREMONKEY.COM Features The Great Kat! "Guitar World Magazine Names The Great Kat “The 50 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time" (March 2015)"
Features The Great Kat! "TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO CADENZA – Rare
Classical Violin Recording of KATHERINE THOMAS (THE GREAT KAT)
Virtuoso Violin Performance of TCHAIKOVSKY"
JAY THOMAS SHOW INTERVIEWS THE GREAT KAT! "You can play SO FAST!
WOW! Unbelievable! Unbelievable!"
JAY THOMAS, Famous "Lone Ranger" Story
Teller, Interviews THE GREAT KAT, Famous "Lone Shredder"! "The Great
Kat. You can play SO FAST! WOW! Unbelievable! Unbelievable!" - Jay
Thomas, The Jay Thomas Show on SiriusXM Indie Ch 102
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS NOW:
Jay Thomas of “Mork & Mindy,” “Cheers,” & “Murphy Brown” fame, known
for his annual appearance on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman,
telling his famous “The Lone Ranger Story,” which David Letterman
called "the greatest talk show story ever”.
The Great Kat will be interviewed on The Jay Thomas Show. The Great
Kat’s upcoming new DVD features “William Tell Overture,” the famous
“Lone Ranger” theme song. The Great Kat is the world-renowned
Juilliard graduate Classical violin virtuoso/Carnegie Recital Hall
violin soloist turned guitar virtuoso and “TOP 10 FASTEST SHREDDERS
OF ALL TIME,” the Reincarnation of Beethoven and the only
guitar/violin DOUBLE virtuoso since Niccolo Paganini.
UBER ROCK FEATURES THE GREAT KAT in "THE GREAT KAT REVEALS DETAILS OF 1984 COLLABORATION WITH TIMOTHY LEARY"!
"2 REVOLUTIONARY GENIUSES UNITE! THE GREAT KAT has revealed that she met mind-altering guru TIMOTHY LEARY in New York in 1984, the pair writing a song together. That song, entitled 'Right Brain Lover', has never been released... but that may well change in the near future....." - Gaz,
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. http://www.greatkat.com/59/articles/governorcuomocertificateofmeritkatherinethomas.html
ASSOCIATION for PUERTO RICAN HISPANIC CULTURE INC NEW YORK CITY AWARDED KATHERINE THOMAS THE "DIPLOMA OF MERIT" for VIOLIN PERFORMANCE! Upon recommendation by the Board of Directors and in Recognition of Endeavors in the Field of The Arts And Literature. This Diploma of Merit is being Awarded to Katherine Thomas for Violin Performance, an Inspired Contribution to the Humanities. http://www.greatkat.com/59/articles/assocpuertoricanhipaniccultureaward.html
THEATREMONKEY.COM FEATURES THE GREAT KAT! "TIMOTHY LEARY, Mind-Altering Guru, met THE GREAT KAT, ShredClassical Guru in NY in 1984, sparks flew, created never before released "RIGHT BRAIN LOVER" SONG!
Timothy Leary, mind-altering guru, met The Great Kat in NY, sparks flew, created "RIGHT BRAIN LOVER"!
TIMOTHY LEARY, famous Harvard psychology professor and mind-altering guru collaborated with KAT THOMAS - The Great Kat, famous Juilliard grad violin virtuoso on the rock song "RIGHT BRAIN LOVER"! Timothy Leary wrote the wild psychedelic lyrics and Kat composed the music reminiscent of Billy Idol and The Ramones. 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. Stay tuned to hear this HISTORIC masterpiece. http://www.greatkat.com/03/timothyleary.html
NEW! "HABANERA" - HOT GYPSY VIOLIN RECORDING of KATHERINE THOMAS (THE GREAT KAT) performance of SARASATE'S "CARMEN FANTASY" from BIZET'S OPERA "CARMEN"!
listen to The Great Kat's blistering NEW ShredClassical version for
GUITAR, VIOLIN & BAND of THE GREAT KAT’S SARASATE’S “CARMEN FANTASY”
from “Bloody Vivaldi” CD!!
FEATURES THE GREAT KAT in "Check out cool new RARE Classical Violin
Recording of Katherine Thomas (The Great Kat) virtuoso performance
of SARASATE'S "CARMEN FANTASY""