CATHERINE MARTIN read music at St Anne's College, Oxford, completing her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, studying the modern violin with David Takeno.
Catherine now specialises in performance on period instruments and has been the leader of the Gabrieli Consort and Players for the last 13 years. Catherine also leads the orchestra of the Early Opera Company, Die Kölner Akademie in Germany, and has appeared as guest leader of The English Concert and Florilegium.
In demand as violin soloist and director, Catherine has recently directed concerts with Barokkanerne in Oslo and the Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra as well as collaborations with amateur and student orchestras on both baroque and modern instruments. Catherine has been a member of the Salomon String Quartet since 2003, exploring music of the Classical period from Haydn to Mendelssohn.
She appears on many recordings, for Deutsche Grammophon and Winged Lion with The Gabrieli Consort and Players, for EMI with Ensemble Galant, and for Chandos with I Fagiolini. Catherine teaches historical violin at the Royal College of Music in London.
Born in Transylvania, Kati studied the violin with Ora Shiran in Israel, and the Baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh and Walter Reiter at the Royal College of Music in London.
Since the year 2000 she has led the English Baroque Soloists under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner. Her playing can be heard on their recordings of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, and on the recently released B Minor Mass and Matthew Passion. In 2008 she was appointed as one of the leaders the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has worked with Simon Rattle, William Christie, Roger Norrington, Ivan Fischer, Adam Fischer, Robin Ticciati, Emanuelle Haïm, Ottavio Dantone etc. She often appears as soloist and director with the orchestra, and has recorded Vivaldi's Four Seasons. She features as soloist on two versions of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, with the European Brandenburg Ensemble under Trevor Pinnock (Gramophone Award 2007), and with the English Baroque Soloists.
As chamber musician, over the years she has been member of Florilegium, Ricordo and most recently Trio Goya. In demand as guest-leader and director, she has worked with the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, the King's Consort, Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Victoria Baroque Players (Canada), Barokkanerne (Norway), Amarillis (France), Barokkada and the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra (Israel). Her most recent recording features concerti by Telemann with Barokkanerne, and was released last year to critical acclaim. She teaches the Baroque and Classical violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.
After conventional training at the Royal College of Music, Catherine took up the viol and baroque violin, attracted by the expressive possibilities which early instruments can bring to pre-classical repertoire. Over the past four decades she has taken part in a fascinating era of discovery, pioneering many ground-breaking projects played for the first time on original instruments.
Catherine was leader of the Academy of Ancient Music 1973-1988. During this period she made countless best-selling recordings for Decca and EMI on original instruments. Her extensive discography includes over 40 CDs with the Purcell Quartet (Chandos). In classical repertoire she plays with fortepianist Geoffrey Govier as Duo Amadè in programmes of the complete Mozart sonatas. She has directed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (of which she is a founder member) on worldwide tours.
Catherine has passed on her enthusiasm for earlier styles of performing to countless musicians. From 1977-2001 she was professor of baroque and classical violin and viola at the Royal College of Music. Now in demand for masterclasses and coaching, she has formed close links in Eastern Europe. From 2008-2011 she taught baroque violin at The Hague Royal Conservatoire. and is a visiting professor of the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, London and Zagreb Academy, Croatia. She is a Fellow of RCM and RSAMD.
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