Born in Korea, having grown up and studied across multiple countries, Catherine’s experience and deep appreciation of culture inspires her music. She captivates audiences with a style uniquely her own, combining intense expression & discerning artistry.
Catherine has performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall, St.James's Piccadilly, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and the South Bank Centre. She regularly participates and performs in many international music festivals and summer academies such as the Courchevel Summer Academy, the European Music Academy Bonn, Naples International Chamber Music Festival, the Russian Music Festival, the Thuringen Summer Academy, Bruges Academy and the Lenk Summer Academy.
She is a recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships from many organisations; among them the Moncalieri European Music Competition (Italy), Concordia Foundation (UK), Young International Janigro Competition (Croatia), Richard Wagner Foundation (Germany), Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Stiftung (Germany), Hanggi Foundation (Switzerland) and Meindl Society (Germany). Catherine has also been recently selected by Making Music Concert Promoters' Group for inclusion in their selected artists' brochure.
Her eclectic performing style, which follows a mix of German, Russian and French tradition, has been crafted by studying with many of today's leading cellists including Gustav Rivinius, Ivan Monighetti, Elena Cheah, Leonid Gorokhov and Ulrich Voss. Further artistic development came from participating in masterclasses with highly acclaimed artists including David Geringas, Thomas Demenga, Ralph Kirshbaum, Eduard Brunner, Frans Helmerson, Matias de Oliveira Pinto, Walter Grimmer, Trols Svane, Maria Kliegel, Stefan Litwin and Zvi Carmeli.
Catherine was born in Busan, South Korea, and spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. She first began learning piano at the age of five and took up cello five years later. She attended the Purcell School with full scholarship before moving to Germany where she studied for her Diploma. Scholarship from St.Albanstift supported her studies subsequently at the City of Basel Music Academy in Switzerland where she gained a Bachelor of Music degree. She later achieved a Master's degree in Cello Performance from the University of Music & Performing Arts Stuttgart in Germany, graduating with the highest honours for both degrees.
Chamber music being one of Catherine's artistic focuses, has led her to collaborate with many versatile musicians of today as well as her taking part in regular chamber music sessions at Pinerolo International Music Academy in Italy. Catherine received grants from the Zetland Foundation, Trinity College London Scholarship and Gladys Bratton Scholarship for her Postgraduate Artist Diploma studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. During her studies, she was mentored by the British conductor and cellist, Richard Markson.
Having close ties to her Korean heritage, Catherine has played in the Embassy Series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields supported by the South Korean Embassy, Korean Music Festival in London as well as organising fundraising concerts for European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea.
Catherine plays a wide range of repertoire, including classical, jazz, latin & folk. Her session work includes recording at the Abbey Road Studios and RAK Studio London.
EDUCATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Post Graduate Artist Diploma Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, UK
- Master of Music University of Music & Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany
- Bachelor of Music Basel Music Academy, Switzerland
- Diploma in Music Saarland State Academy of Music, Germany
- Secondary Education The Purcell School, UK
- Secondary Education Carmel College, NZ