Katharine Durran
has developed highly acclaimed parallel careers as solo pianist, exponent of new music, chamber musician and song accompanist.

She gave her first concerto performance in Edinburgh at the age of 11. After reading Music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, she studied at the Royal College of Music under Kendall Taylor and Geoffrey Parsons. More recent studies have been with Joyce Rathbone.

For ten years she was pianist of the award-winning group Tapestry. Her other ensembles include Onyx (clarinet, 'cello and piano) and the Giovanni Piano Trio.

Highlights of recent seasons have included trio concerts with former BBC Young Musicians of the Year David Pyatt and Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne, recitals with violinists Madeleine Mitchell and Gina McCormack and the complete Beethoven 'cello sonatas with Sebastian Comberti.

She has had a duo partnership with ‘cellist Veronica Henderson since their childhood together in Edinburgh. Her recital programme with Stephen Stirling, The Romantic French Horn, has proved a popular favourite, as has her Two Piano Duo KDKDK with Kirsteen Davidson Kelly, performing programmes including works such as Holst’s The Planets, Debussy’s En Blanc et Noir, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Other recent projects include performing late Beethoven alongside J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the commissioning of three new extended settings for mezzo and piano of the poetry of Friedrich Rückert. Her groundbreaking enterprise with Alison Smart of the BBC Singers, New French Song, has involved working with twenty of Britain’s leading composers, and has resulted in the creation of a whole new song recital repertoire for the 21st century.

Her many CD recordings with singers have been highly acclaimed. Her debut solo album was a much praised recording of the complete Toccatas of J.S.Bach, and led to her featuring in three Piano Magazine symposiums, discussing J.S. Bach, British piano music and issues relating to women pianists of today.

As the commissioner of new works for solo piano and for ensembles she has performed numerous premières on BBC Radio 3 and on television, as well as discussing the rôle of song accompanist in today’s musical society.  Tracks from her CDs have often been featured on BBC radio programmes, including Night Waves, Composer of the Week, In Tune, Midnight Oil and Private Passions.


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