Hailing from a family of bush pilots in Fairbanks, Alaska, Caitlin Warbelow is a fiddler/violinist and entrepreneur currently residing in Brooklyn. Caitlin began her studies at age three in the Boston Suzuki program, and went on to win honors from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and the National Suzuki Conference, as well as scholarships at the Meadowmount School (where she studied with Sally Thomas of Juilliard), Boston University, and Columbia University. In the folk and traditional realms, she holds championship titles at the New England Fiddle Championship and the Fleadh Cheoil (All-Ireland Competition).
In 2014, Caitlin became the violinist/fiddler for Riverdance’s new production, “Heartbeat of Home”, as well as a substitute violinist for Sting’s new musical on Broadway, “The Last Ship”. Caitlin has toured and performed with Cherish the Ladies, Mick Moloney and the Green Fields of America, The Brock McGuire Band, Michael Londra and Celtic Fire, The Prodigals, and The Mickey Finns, among many others. Known as something of a musical chameleon, Caitlin performs, records, and teaches extensively in NYC and around the country in a variety of genres including Irish traditional and rock, country and bluegrass, Texas swing and contest fiddling, and on occasion returns to her roots as a classical violinist.
An in-demand teacher with a unique self-developed curriculum blending classical technique and theory with folk music’s oral tradition and styles, Caitlin teaches students of all ages and abilities out of her NYC studio, at festivals nationwide, and via Skype. She specializes in teaching absolute beginners, adult amateurs, and children who wish to supplement their classical studies. In addition to her large private teaching studio, she is on the faculty at Manhattan’s Irish Arts Center and is an artistic coordinator and guest artist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the Far North Fiddle Festival.
Caitlin recently recorded and produced “Manhattan Island Sessions”, a live recording of traditional Irish music in NYC pubs. It features fifteen young traditional musicians, including Isaac Alderson (Celtic Crossroads), Dan Lowery and Alan Murray (The Young Wolftones), Kyle Sanna (Nuala Kennedy Trio), Anna Colliton (The Forge), Johnny Cuomo, Marta Cook, and Ryan McGiver. The CD was nominated for a 2012 Independent Music Award.
Caitlin received a masters degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University at the age of 24, and double bachelors degrees from Boston University in Violin Performance and Anthropology at the age of 20. When she doesn’t have a violin in her hands, Caitlin pursues her many entrepreneurial endeavors and travels the world in search of cute animals, delicious food, long naps, five-mile runs, and dubious adventures and curiosities of all sorts.