Bow & Hammer

We create live performance that redefines chamber music through developed relationships.

Founded in 2012, Bow & Hammer programs (often underrepresented) works from all musical eras that highlight the relationship between their two opposing instruments (violin & piano). The purpose of their events is to explore how individual components with diverse identities can work symbiotically to create an unforgettable experience greater than each part on its own. Through colorful collaborations, B&H thrives on multi-disciplinary presentations, working with musicians, dancers, actors, poets, visual artists, and culinary artists, just to name a few. Bow & Hammer uses their community to build a new perspective of chamber music by stripping away preconceptions of collaboration in classical music and focusing on the communicative power of performance and social support.


This Classical Music-Inspired Style Cocktail is a "Ravelation", from WFMT, Chicago's Classical Music Station.


"Bow & Hammer interweaves classical music and visual art..." from Hedy Weiss at the Sun-Times.


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Voted best Classical Group in the "Best of Chicago 2016" by the Chicago Reader.

kathryn (kit) satoh | bow | violin

Kathryn Satoh is impassioned by genuine and purposeful human connectivity, and uses these characteristics to drive her artistic career. A collaborator to the core, she sees chamber music as a timeless manifestation of social progress.

Trained as a vocalist and violinist, she has worked with theaters, opera companies, composers, poets, actors, and multi-disciplinary companies to premiere, preserve, or adapt works of diverse genres ranging from cabaret bar songs to large scale symphonic orchestral repertoire. 

Ms. Satoh 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. In the rare spare moment, she loves to read/watch memoirs, eat home-cooked meals (made by herself or others; she is non-discriminant), be outdoors, and embark on adventures with friends.

elizabeth newkirk | hammer | piano

Entrepreneur, activist, and musician, Elizabeth Newkirk encompasses thoughtfulness and artistry in all of her work, performances, and collaborations.  Inspired by the slow-food movement, she is dedicated to creating concerts that mirror the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of the food movement, creating connections and a camaraderie among other disciplines. 

Growing up on her family farm in Indiana, Newkirk came to Chicago to pursue studies in Piano Performance. She received her MM from Roosevelt University with a minor in Collaborative Piano where she studied with Ludmila Lazar, Dana Brown and Angela Yoffe. Receiving her BA from Columbia College, she studied under pianist/composer Sebastian Huydts and jazz with Dennis Luxion. Additionally, she has had the privilege to work with Mary Sauer, Cliff Colnot, and Sylvia Wang. When not in the thick of rehearsals or performance, Newkirk enjoys cooking, supporting her colleagues, and of course, running with her cattle dog, Lady.