- Department(s): Woodwind
- Specialism(s): Flute
Katherine Bryan made her concerto debut at the age of 15 with Daniel Harding and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and later made her US concerto debut at the Lincoln Centre with the Juilliard Orchestra. She has since performed as soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Hallé, Nurnberger Symphoniker, New York Philharmonic and English Baroque orchestras.
Katherine’s debut solo recording of the Nielsen and Liebermann Concertos, Poulenc Sonata (orch. Berkeley) and Hue Fantasie with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel, was released to great acclaim in September 2010. Further to this success, Katherine released a further disc of concertos in May 2013, including works by Ibert, Martin and Rouse, which was celebrated by a launch at National Geographic London Store as part of the Cultural Calendar. Katherine’s recording of the Rouse Concerto is the first ever British recording. Her third album, Silver Bow, described by The Scotsman as ‘a breathtaking package’ is a collection of transcriptions of music for violin and orchestra and was released in September 2015. It was chosen as one of Classic FM’s top 20 albums of 2015.
A winner of the prestigious Audi Music Competition, Katherine initially studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and won a full scholarship to study flute at the Juilliard School, New York with Jeanne Baxtresser and Carol Wincenc where she won the four-yearly flute concerto competition. She was also a prize winner at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, the Young Concert Artists International 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.
At the age of just 21, she was appointed Principal Flute with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – a position she holds today in addition to appearing as concerto soloist with leading orchestras worldwide. Katherine is currently a lecturer in flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. She a regular Guest Principal flute with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has also played Guest Principal with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Scotttish, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Seattle Symphony, Swedish Radio and London Symphony orchestras.
Katherine has appeared at major international festivals as both concerto soloist and recitalist, including the Cheltenham International Festival. She has given live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and on BBC television. Forthcoming projects include the commission of a new flute concerto by Scottish composer Martin Suckling and a new transcription of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.