Katherine Bryan

flute
biography

Katherine Bryan made her concerto debut at the age of 15 with Daniel Harding and the orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. She has since performed as soloist with orchestras around the world, including the BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National Orchestras.

Katherine's debut solo recording of flute concertos was released to great acclaim in September 2010. In 2011, she was nominated for an International Classical Music Award. Further to this success, Katherine released another disc of flute concertos in May 2013, which includes the first British recording of the concerto by Christopher Rouse. It was Gramophone "Choice" disc in August 2013. Her third album, 'Silver Bow', a collection of violin transcriptions with orchestra, was released in September 2015.

Katherine won a full scholarship to study flute at the Juilliard School, New York. She was also a prize winner at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York and was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year for three consecutive competitions. She was awarded the Julius Isserlis Scholarship by the Royal Philharmonic Society. Her teachers have included Gitte Marcusson, Jeanne Baxtresser and Carol Wincenc.

Katherine is Principal Flautist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a position she has held since she was just 21 years old. She is a regular Guest Principal flute with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has also played as Guest Principal flute with orchestras throughout the UK and Worldwide, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Seattle Symphony, Swedish Radio, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Scottish, BBC Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestras.

Katherine Bryan has appeared at major international festivals as both concerto soloist and recitalist, including the Cheltenham International Festival. She regularly gives live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and on BBC television.

Katherine is a lecturer in flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Chetham's School of Music, Manchester, and, as a keen mentor for young people, has tutored both the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. She regularly gives classes around the world.
Engagements for the coming seasons include the commission of a new flute concerto by Martin Suckling which she will premiere with the Royal Scottish National and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.

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NameBryan, Katherine
Born inUnited Kingdom, Europe
Main languageEnglish
attended UniversitiesThe Juilliard School
Reviews
Katherine Bryan: Silver Bow
 The Scotsman,
"Katherine Bryan's latest CD, Silver Bow, takes music more associated with the violin and adapts it for flute. Her intention is to "offer a new perspective on familiar compositions", and that's exactly what you get from her deliciously ripened version of Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, a suitably capricious Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, such tuneful gems as Shostakovich's Romance from The Gadfly Suite and Massenet's famous "Méditation" from the opera Thaïs, and a flirtatiously virtuosic Paganini Caprice No 24. The RSNO under Jac van Steen give comfortable backing. All stops are pulled out for closing adrenalin rush that is Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen. A breathtaking package. *****"
(Kenneth Walton)
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Katherine Bryan - Liebermann Flute Concerto
2010-10-01 Classical Music Magazine,
"Bryan here richly justifies a sheaf of competition wins. Her smooth, full-coloured sound is ideal for the romanticism of Lowell Liebermann's concerto, but she is equally alive to the drama of Nielsen, Poulenc's call for agile wit and the challenges of Georges Hüe's Fantasie."
(Phil Sommerich)
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Katherine Bryan plays Rouse
2014-10-06 The Herald, Glasgow
"The main event on Saturday was not an RSNO performance per se, but the extraordinary performance by principal flautist Katherine Bryan of Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto, which stole not only the show, but everybody's heart. What a masterpiece this concerto is: 21 years old and one of the great concertos of the late 20th century, played with astounding insight, maturity and aching intensity by this remarkable young musician. They would not let her go. Repeatedly she returned for more applause. She signed CDs at half time. At the end there was another queue and she kept on signing. Bryan has intellect and comprehensive musical resource including expressivity, in endless supply. She is a great musician, a wonderful communicator"
(Michael Tumelty)
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