as “The Queen of Harps”, Catrin has delighted audiences
with her performances in the UK and worldwide. Inspired to learn
the harp at the age of five, her rise to prominence started almost
immediately, achieving the highest mark in the UK for her Grade
VIII exam at the age of nine. She studied with Elinor Bennett
for eight years before entering the Purcell School. Catrin graduated
from the Royal Academy of Music in 2002 where she studied with
Skaila Kanga and received the Queen’s Award for the most
outstanding student of her year.
Her first major competition success came in 1999 winning the Lily
Laskine International Harp Competition in France, one of the premier
harp competitions in the world. On winning the Young Concert
Artists International Auditions in New York, Catrin went on to play
in over thirty states in the USA, including recitals and concerto
debuts in New York, Boston and Washington D.C. In May 2004
she was nominated for a Classical Brit Award and has also received
an “Echo Klassik” in Germany.
Catrin is the former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. Holding
the appointment from 2000-2004, she had the honour of reviving this
ancient tradition last held in 1873. During her period as Royal
Harpist she played regularly at the Royal Palaces and performed to
Royalty from around the world.
She has performed extensively throughout the U.S.A., the Middle East,
Asia and Europe. She has appeared with many of the world’s
top orchestras including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic,
the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the Barbican’s
Mostly Mozart Festival, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC
National Orchestra of Wales, the London Mozart Players, the English
Chamber Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Lake Charles Symphony,
the North Carolina Symphony and the Manchester Camerata.
2005/06 highlights included her concerto debut at the Lincoln Centre
for the Mostly Mozart Festival, a recital at the Weill Recital Hall
in New York, her debut at the Salzburg Festival, a performance at
the MDR Musiksommer Festival in Leipzig and an appearance at the
Edinburgh International Festival.
2006/2007 saw a return to the Welsh Proms at Cardiff’s St.
David’s Hall and the Spoleto festival in South Carolina, a
concert tour of Japan, concerts in Istanbul and the Isle of Man,
a UK tour of her big band ‘CF47’, performances in South
America, and concerts throughout Wales and the UK.
In 2008 Catrin made her debut in Hong Kong and toured Scandinavia
with Welsh bass-baritone, Bryn Terfel. She joined the London
Mozart Players on a concert tour, returned to the MDR Musiksommer
Festival and performed at the Inter-Celtique Festival in Lorient,
2008 also saw the opening of “Acapela”, a converted chapel
on the outskirts of Cardiff which Catrin and her husband Hywel have
transformed into a recording studio and concert venue. More information
is at www.acapela.co.uk
2009 saw Catrin’s recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations
released by Deutsche Grammophon, followed by a UK concert tour of
the Goldberg Variations. Her co-operation with world music performers
continued in March 2009 when she toured the UK with Cimarron from
Colombia followed by a USA concert tour with the North Carolina Symphony
Orchestra. 2009 also saw the opening of The 'Catrin Finch Centre'
in Wrexham, a new £3M state-of-the-art conference and performance
centre at Glyndwr University, named to honour Catrin's contribution
to the music industry in Wales.
Catrin has appeared on all the major
television and radio networks in the UK and many abroad. Among
her earliest appearances on TV were two features on the BBC’s ‘Blue
Peter’, and since then there have been many appearances
on radio and television in the UK. In 2003, Catrin presented
a TV documentary about herself entitled ‘Charlie’s
Angel’ which was awarded a BAFTA Cymru/Wales award for
the best music programme.
She has collaborated closely with composer Karl Jenkins, including
the première of a new double harp concerto commissioned
by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. Catrin is currently
working on new works for the harp with composers John Rutter
and Howard Goodall.
Catrin has recorded for most of the major international recording
companies, including Universal Records, Deutsche Grammophon,
EMI and Sony Classical, both solo and with notable artists such
as Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway and Julian Lloyd-Webber. Her
versatility in different musical genres is demonstrated in her
many recordings, which range from solo classical recitals and
concertos, through to an eclectic cross-over mix and her own
14 piece band “CF47”. She has received honours from
the University of Wales Aberystwyth and Bangor, the Royal Welsh
College of Music and Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music. She
is a visiting Professor at the latter two musical institutions.
Known for her work within the community and with the younger
generation, Catrin is committed to promoting the harp and classical
music in general to a new and wider audience.
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