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 performs 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 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. Catherine plays a wide range of repertoire, including classical, jazz, latin & pop. Her session works include recording at the Abbey Road Studios and RAK Studio London.
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 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. Catherine successfully finished her Postgraduate Artist Diploma studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance under the guidance of 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 is the founder and director of Hampstead Music School and enjoys working with aspiring students and has also given cello classes at Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music in Havana, Cuba. Catherine is also selected musician for the Concordia Foundation and Music in Hospitals.
EDUCATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS
Post Graduate Artist Diploma - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, UK
Chamber Music Studies - Pinerolo Music Academy, Italy
Master of Music - University of Music & Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany
Bachelor of Music - Basel Music Academy, Switzerland
Diploma in Orchestral Music - Saarland State Academy of Music, Germany
Secondary Education - The Purcell School, UK
Secondary Education - Carmel College, NZ
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Gladys Bratton Scholarship (UK)
Vera Kantrovitch Prize (UK)
Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition (UK)
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)
Meindl Society (Germany)
Zetland Foundation (UK)
Trinity College London Scholarship (UK)