Guitar One magazine listed her as one of the "Fastest Shreddersof All Time". Her classical background, technical skills and self-promotion are sometimes compared to Yngwie Malmsteen. In an interview in metallian.com she claimed to be the reincarnation ofBeethoven.The Great Kat is the stage name of Katherine Thomas (born June 6, 1966 in Swindon, England), an English-born, New York-raised, musician best known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known pieces of classical music. Most feature her using theelectric guitar, but some have her on violin. Thomas is a classically-trained violinist, graduating from the Juilliard School and touring for a time playing conventional classical music before crossing over to metal.