bow & hammer

Dedicated to community, collaboration, and the fundamental strength of classical music, Bow & Hammer interacts with a wide range of artists from multiple disciplines to build an inclusive and sustainable culture through the arts. Affirming the value of innovative and soulful interpretation, BH balances standard repertoire with underperformed works from the 20th and 21st century.

Known extensively in Chicago for their concert series “Industry Night” and “Élevé”, Bow & Hammer collaborates with chefs, farmers, distillers, and brewers for interdisciplinary performances that invite audiences to take part in the artistic integrity. In 2016, they were finalists in the “Performing Social Justice” Grant through Roosevelt University. BH was voted “Best Classical Group” by the Chicago Reader and were a featured performance in the city-wide production of the international Make Music Day festival (Make Music Chicago).

Since their creation in 2012, BH has been privileged to work with renowned artists such as Nyela Basney, Vadim Gluzman, Matthew Ozawa, Winston Choi, Cliff Colnot and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Their international debut took place at the 2014 Orvieto Musica festival. They currently are coached by Angela Yoffe.

As of October 2016, Bow & Hammer officially obtained their 501(c)(3) status as an incorporated not-for-profit organization.

kathryn satoh

kathryn satoh

Kathryn Satoh, founding violinist of Bow & Hammer, curates diverse and inclusive events throughout Chicagoland, acts as a guest lecturer and collaboration coach, and has been named “Best Classical Group” of 2016 by the Chicago Reader. BH dedicates much of their time highlighting Chicago community through their performance of classical music, but also takes pride in their residencies abroad. Through their original concert series, “Industry Night” and “Élevé”, BH cultivates a collaborative relationship with the sustainable food industry, working with chefs, farmers, and distillers to build cultural awareness through music and food. 

Ms. Satoh has performed with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, among other local orchestras and choirs. A trained vocalist, she enjoys spending free time working in musical theater and opera orchestras and serves as adjudicator for various instrumental and vocal competitions. Ms. Satoh holds faculty positions at Columbia College of Chicago and Naperville School of Performing Arts, and teaches privately throughout Chicagoland. She holds two Bachelor of Music degrees with distinction from the University of Colorado in Violin and Voice Performance under the teaching of Lina Bahn (Corigliano Quartet) and Patrick Mason


elizabeth newkirk

elizabeth newkirk

Elizabeth Newkirk is the founding pianist of the violin and piano duo, Bow & Hammer. Named “Best Classical Group” of 2016 by the Chicago Reader, BH has been widely recognized for their original and inclusive concert series that highlight their collaborations with local artists, chefs, and venues. 

A dedicated chamber and collaborative pianist, Ms. Newkirk has performed for a variety of ensembles and premieres, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s concert series: “Once Upon a Symphony” featuring Yo-Yo Ma. She is a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for the Vocal and Opera Department at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She is also on faculty at Columbia College Chicago. 

An Indiana native, Ms. Newkirk began piano studies at age 7 and made her solo debut with orchestra at the age of 16 with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She received her Master’s degree at Roosevelt University with a minor in Collaborative Studies. She studied with Dr. Ludmila Lazar, and has also had the additional privilege to work with Angela Yoffe, Cliff Colnot, Winston Choi, Dana Brown, and Mary Sauer. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago where she studied with composer/pianist Sebastian Huydts and jazz with Dennis Luxion.