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.
She is a member of Trio Goya whose recent recording of the Beethoven Opus 1 piano trios for Chandos Chaconne was desribed in Early Music Review as "exceptionally satisfying". 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.
Lucy Russell was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music and read music at the University of York. While still at university she was invited to play with London Baroque, the English Baroque Solists and by the City of London Festival as a solo violinist in their production and recording of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea.
Lucy has been a member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet since 1988, brecoming its leader in 1995. She has recorded for Channel Classics, Hyperion, DG and Deccawith other ensembles, having been leader of Florilegium, Concerto Caledonia, Classical Opera Company, Retrospect Ensemble, the Finchcocks Quartet, the King's Consortand the New Chamber Opera Band of Players, as well as a director of the Scottish Early Mucis Consort and a solo violinist in the New London Consort. When time allows she still leads the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Armonico Consort, the Dunedin Consort and has also been guest leader of the City of London Sinfonia under the late Richard Hickox. Her recording, with John Butt, of the six violin and harpsichord sonatas by JS Bach, was released by Linn records in 2015. Lucy also plays regularly for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
She has taught and given masterclasses all over the world and is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music. She likes to divide her time between performance on period and modern instruments, exploring the music from Purcell to the present day.
Her violin was made by Ferdinando Gagliano in Naples, c1789..
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