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).
Caitlin is currently the violinist/fiddler for the new, critically acclaimed musical "Come From Away." 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 Alt (John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy, and Eamon O'Leary), Cathie Ryan, Trinity Dance Company, 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
In early 2015, Caitlin launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to support the creation of a new Irish fiddle method, which will include a book, recordings, and videos. Caitlin is also in the process of recording a box set of five EPs in a variety of genres. The method book and EPs will be released in 2016. Caitlin
also 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, Dan Lowery, Alan Murray , Kyle Sanna, Anna Colliton,
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.