World renowned harpist, Catrin Finch has delighted audiences and critics alike with her performances worldwide.
Catrin has appeared with top symphony and chamber orchestras worldwide in many prestigious venues, notably the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Mozart Players, the Charlotte Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony and the Manchester Camerata. International music festival appearances include Salzburg, Edinburgh, Spoleto, Smithsonian Folklife, MDR Musiksommer Festival in Leipzig, and Le Domaine Forget and Lanaudiere Festivals in Canada.
Other international competitive successes include winning the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, and a coveted Echo Klassik award in Germany.
Critically, she is probably best known for her dynamically varied performances and her enterprising interpretations and arrangements, which challenge prevailing perceptions about the harp. In 2009, her acclaimed arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations - which shot to the top of the UK classical charts – was the first to transcribe all thirty variations for the harp.
She has recorded for most major international recording labels, including Universal Records, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and Sony Classical, both as a solo artist, and with artists such as Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway, Julian Lloyd-Webber, and Katherine Jenkins. She has also received honours from the University of Wales, Glyndwr University in Wrexham who have named a multi-million pound arts venue in her honour, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is a Visiting Professor at the latter two institutions.
Catrin’s renowned unconventional take on performing and composing, has made her a media hit too. In 2003, she presented a documentary about herself entitled ‘Charlie’s Angel’, later awarded a BAFTA Cymru/Wales Award for Best Music Programme, whilst in 2012, a behind-the-scenes documentary on the Blessing album was broadcast on S4C and ITV Wales. There have also been other numerous appearances on BBC, ITV and S4C and she has appeared on most European and international channels including International Sky Arts, Artes, and MDR, to name a few. Meanwhile, her performance of Palladio by Karl Jenkins (with whom she has often collaborated) has attracted nearly a cool million hits on You Tube.
Last but not least, she is passionate about increasing access to classical music, which makes her a fierce critic of current government policy on music education. Known for her community and outreach work, she recently piloted the Catrin Finch Academy Summer School, which aims to offer real and virtual masterclasses to promising young harpists and schoolchildren alike.