Kate Steinbeck

Matt Peiken | BPR News


Kate Steinbeck’s eyes light up when she talks about the music that inspired her to play the flute.

“I’m raised on rock ‘n’ roll. You remember Heart? I saw them at the Asheville Civic Center in 1979. I loved Ann Wilson, she was playing on a black flute,” Steinbeck recalled “I mean, I played along with records. I love Traffic. I love Stevie Winwood. Marshall Tucker had a lot of flute.”

The market for rock ‘n’ roll flutists hasn’t been hot since, say, the 1980s. But Steinbeck has brought a rock ‘n’ roll defiance to her musical pursuits, steering away from the orchestral career path to blaze a trail in chamber music.