B i o g r a p h y
Katherine is a talented viola player, who specialises in contemporary repertoire and performing works for singing violist. She enjoys working with composers to write new works for the viola, showcasing the depth and range of this underrated instrument. Last year she premiered four new works for singing violist, commissioned with funding from Arts Council England, and more recently she premiered Cantare et trepidare for singing viola by Sadie Harrison, written specially for her. With more commissions on the way, Katherine will continue to perform and contribute to this unique and exciting repertoire.
Having completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, Katherine went on to achieve a Distinction in her Masters in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017, with scholarships from the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Guildhall School Trust. More recently, Katherine was awarded funding from the Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund for three lessons with violist and composer Garth Knox in Paris.
Katherine is a keen chamber musician and has performed with various ensembles at St John’s Smith Square, LSO St Luke’s, the National Gallery and the British Museum, and has recorded at Abbey Road Studios. She performs regularly in several chamber groups including the Viella Duo, a violin and viola duo, specialising in lesser known works for this interesting combination. Combining her love of chamber and contemporary music, Katherine is a member of Echoshed, an experimental music collective, and has premiered many works for a variety of chamber ensembles. She was chosen to take part in the London Sinfonietta Academy 2017, where she rehearsed and performed alongside players of the London Sinfonietta, the world’s leading contemporary music ensemble. Last Summer, Katherine took part in the Lucerne Festival Academy 2018, where she rehearsed contemporary orchestral, ensemble and chamber music repertoire before performing at the Lucerne Festival, as well as in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
As a dedicated orchestral player Katherine has performed in a number of top London venues, such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican and Milton Court Concert Hall, and she has worked with many conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Neville Marriner and Sir Simon Rattle. During her final year at the Royal College of Music, Katherine took part in the ENO Evolve scheme, which gave her the chance to shadow her mentor, participate in rehearsals and take part in an orchestral masterclass given by five members of the ENO. She was selected by audition to take part in the Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra, the UK’s leading side-by-side scheme, which took place in May 2017. She also mentored the Festival's Youth Orchestra in August, culminating in a concert with soloist Nicola Benedetti.