When words leave off
Catherine began her career as a modern cellist in Australia, but after receiving a Post-graduate scholarship she relocated to The Hague to follow her passion for baroque music and Historically Informed Performance. Following four years of specialised tuition with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatorium she received her Diploma in Baroque and Classical Cello.
She has worked and recorded extensively with ensembles of international renown; The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, Il Complesso Barocco, Concerto Copenhagen, La Scintilla, I Barocchisti, Il Pomo D’Oro.
As soloist she has performed with Frans Brüggen and The Orchestra of the 18th Century in the Utrecht Early Music Festival performing concerti by JC Bach and Leonardo Leo. She has also featured as soloist in the Festival of Cremona with Il Complesso Barocco and recorded the Leo Cello Concerto for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label with this group. She has performed the Haydn C major Cello Concerto in Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música with upcoming Spanish conductor José Antonio Montaño and his orchestra La Madrileña and is also a regular soloist with the Baroque Orchestra of the Ernen Musikdorf Festival in Switzerland where her repertoire includes concerti by Vivaldi, Fiorenza, Porpora and Platti. More recent performances extend to the virtuoso cello concerto in D major of Joseph Reicha which Catherine performed and recorded for the German radio station WDR3 in the 2019 Bonn Beethoven Festival, along with the Romberg Duo Concertante with the esteemed violin soloist Emilio Percan. She was also invited to the International Baroque Festival of Valletta (Malta) this year playing several neapolitan cello concerti with the Italian orchestra Controcorrente in their debut perfomance. Upcoming concerts include the Porpora cello concerto with I Turchini in Naples and an exciting project as both director and soloist with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra.
As a recording artist Catherine released her first CD of Boccherini and Cirri cello sonatas (Sony DHM) in September 2014 to great acclaim and 5 star reviews; this CD has been featured on Italian Radio 3’s New CD release programme Primo Movimento and Catherine was also guest artist on the Swiss Radio Programme “Sheherazade” and has performed live on Radio 3 Milan “Piazza Verdi” and the Quirinale concert series in Rome.
In 2017 she recorded her second disk, the cello concerti of Fiorenza with the new Tasmanian baroque orchestra Van Diemen’s Band, for ABC Classics. This recording was released by the ABC in October 2017 and stayed at the top of the Australian Classical charts for many weeks. Catherine returned to Australia in October 2018 as soloist with Van Diemen’s Band in important venues throughout the country, including the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (VIC) and the UKARIA cultural centre.
In Europe she regularly performs with prestigious international artists such as William Carter and Enrico Baiano and has given recitals in the Utrecht Early Music Festival (NL), the Urbino Early Music Festival (IT), International Baroque Festival of Valletta (Malta), Fes-
tival de Musica Veche in Timisoara (Romania), Trigonale Festival der Alten Musik (Austria).
Catherine is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag (NL) and has given Masterclasses in Novia University in Finland, Austria Barock Akademie in Altmünster, Forum Alte Musik, in Sankt Gerold Austria and The University of Western Australia.
From 2015 she is Professor of Baroque Cello at the Felice Dall’Abaco Conservatorium in Verona and from September 2017 also at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado in Milan.