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 such as Frank London of the Klezmatics, tabla player Shawn Mativetsky, as well as numerous folk and jazz artists. Kaitlyn was invited to perform in cellist Matt Haimovitz’s innovative, GRAMMY-nominated cello ensemble Uccello from 2012-2013 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. Most recently, she began playing with Canadian fiddler Ben Plotnick. The duo, Oliver The Crow, released their first full-length record in June 2018 to critical acclaim. Most notably, NPR called them an “inspired collaboration.”
As a composer, she is most interested in infusing elements of folk music into contemporary classical settings and pieces. She is the composer in residence for the Lotus Chamber Music Collective in New York for the 2018-2019 season.
Kaitlyn holds a Bachelors of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from Purchase College, State University of New York where she studied with Julia Lichten and a Master's of Music degree from McGill University where she studied with Matt Haimovitz.