From the Press

The first hint that pianist Elizabeth Newkirk and violinist Kathryn Satoh share an interest in bucking convention is the Chicago-based twosome’s memorable, down-to-earth name, Bow & Hammer.
— Kyle MacMillan, Chamber Music of American Magazine
The best classical group in Chicago.
— Chicago Reader
The duo is fantastic, making classical small ensemble playing exciting not only via programming but presentation.
— Kevin Williams, Chicago Tribune
This Classical Music concert with its inspired cocktail is a “Ravelation!”
It is Chamber Music with a difference. That might be the best way to describe the Élevé series devised by Bow & Hammer.
— Hedy Weiss

From our Fans

This is truly important work. You create a space where one feels welcome to completely immerse themselves in the music and confront their innermost feelings. I enjoyed the conversations between the pieces.
— Carolyn
Fantastic performance of terrific, unfamiliar repertoire. Thank you!
— Jonathan and Jocelyn K.
I was mesmerized and had all the feels!
— Jasmine
Unique and fun music experience unlike any other in Chicago. Bow & Hammer plays in a way that will move you and make you a fan!
— Fred
This was so so beautiful. I want to listen to Pärt all day! You guys rock!
— Benjamin



all photography by Richard Shilkus