Katharina Steininger was born in Vienna in 1995. She received her first cello lessons at the age of 4. She completed her initial musical training in cello and piano at the Zentralmusikschule Neusiedl am See and then with Christophe Pantillon, cellist of the Aron Quartet, at the Musikschule Margareten in Vienna. After finishing her studies at the Musikgymnasium in Vienna, she majored in cello at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova. She has played in masterclasses with Heidi Litschauer, Reinhard Latzko and Lilia Schulz-Bayrova.
In her early years, she discovered her love for chamber music and has played in various ensembles at home and abroad; amongst others the Haydn Quartet at the Kammermusiktagen in Gurk and the Ensemble Kontrapunkte Wien. Recently, she was invited to play the opening concert in the chamber music festival in St Gallen (Styria) as a member of a piano quartet.
Her first orchestral experience was in the Haydnorchester Eisenstadt and in the Jeunesse-Orchester Wien. She regularly performs as a substitute for the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Ensemble Allegro Vivo and the Haydn Philharmonie. She was invited to the Kammerphilharmonie Amadé as a solo cellist for a series of concerts in Germany. She gave her soloist debut in 2014 with the Dvořák cello concerto as part of the concert series ‘Young Soloists Attract Attention (Junge Solisten lassen aufhorchen), together with the Haydnorchester Eisenstadt.