New York native Kaitlyn Raitz grew up surrounded by an array of musical genres, finding each one more exciting than the next. These passions have led her to a career as a versatile cellist who is equally at home playing Schubert or Sondheim, sitting in on a bluegrass jam or reading a Beethoven string quartet, and performing on stage at New York's Carnegie Hall or Nashville's Station Inn.
Kaitlyn has worked with artists Frank London of the Klezmatics, tabla player Shawn Mativetsky, as well as numerous folk and jazz artists. Kaitlyn has been invited to join cellist Matt Haimovitz’s innovative, GRAMMY-nominated cello ensemble Uccello and has performed with them at Carnegie Hall and Berkeley's Cal Performances. Her former folk duo, Bride & Groom, toured Canada and America playing numerous venues and festivals including NXNE, Canadian Music Week, and In The Dead of Winter Music Festival. She is currently touring with Montreal based band The Bombadils with whom she has played Americanafest, Wintergrass Music Festival, Mariposa Music Festival, and the Listening Room Festival. Most recently, she began playing with fiddler Ben Plotnick. The duo, Oliver The Crow, plans to release their first full length record in 2018.
As an educator, Kaitlyn believes in the value of exposing her students to a wide range of genres and ways of learning. From 2008 to 2016, Kaitlyn directed the Southampton String Festival (Long Island, New York), a music camp for children that integrated classical training, improvisation, creativity, and musical discovery into one program. She has maintained a private teaching studio since 2008 and has taught non-classical string workshops with Ben Plotnick across North America.
Kaitlyn is one of the co-founders of Folk Fights Back, an organization that puts together concerts that benefit local non-profits.
Kaitlyn currently holds a Bachelors degree and a Performer’s Certificate from Purchase College, State University of New York where she studied with Julia Lichten and a Master's degree from McGill University where she studied with Matt Haimovitz. She splits her time between New York City and Nashville, Tennessee.