Catrin Finch is the most accomplished harpist in the UK. Since her first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for Deutsche Grammophon in 2007, she has recorded three further albums for the label including the best selling “Blessing”, which featured her own composition “Celtic Concerto” and works by multi-award winning composer John Rutter.
Inspired to learn the harp at the age of five, her rise to prominence started almost immediately when, studying under Elinor Bennett, she achieved the highest mark in the UK for her Grade 8 exam at the age of nine.
After studying at The Purcell School, Catrin went on to graduate from the Royal Academy of Music in 2002 where she studied with Skaila Kanga and received the Queen’s Award for the most outstanding student of her year. She then went on to win the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, and subsequently has been nominated for Classical Brit Awards and has also received an “Echo Klassik” award in Germany.
Catrin is the former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. Prince Charles, holding the appointment from 2000-2004, in doing so reviving this ancient tradition that had last been held in 1873.
She has appeared with many of the world’s top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Mozart Players, and the English Chamber Orchestra. Festival appearances include Salzburg, Edinburgh, Spoleto, Smithsonian Folklife, MDR Musiksommer Festival in Leipzig, Le Domaine Forget and Lanaudiere Festivals in Canada and the Gödöllő Harp Festival in Hungary.
Catrin has recorded for most of the major international recording companies, including Universal Records, DG, EMI and Sony Classical, in both a solo capacity and with notable artists such as Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway and Julian Lloyd-Webber.
She has received honours from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Bangor Glyndwr University, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. She is a visiting Professor at the latter two musical institutions and is in great demand for masterclasses worldwide.
In 2013 Catrin Finch collaborated with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita on a record celebrating the harp traditions of Wales and West Africa, which has been outstandingly well received, winning the 2014 Album Of The Year in both Froots and Songlines magazines, sitting atop the World Music charts for a number of weeks. Catrin and Seckou toured the album, entitled “Clychau Dibon”, in Europe and the U.S. to rave reviews.
March 2015 saw the release of Catrin’s new self composed album entitled “Tides”, and a partnership with the charity WaterAid included a visit to Ethiopia in February, bringing the harp to a wider audience in an underprivileged part of the world whilst raising the profile of the charity’s work. Her ensemble will be touring the UK in May and October to support the album.
Catrin’s most recent project was a tour to Patagonia with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to mark the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Argentinian Patagonia. The tour covered cities including Buenos Aires, Santiago and Montevideo, and amongst other works Catrin performed concertos by Ginastera and Gliere to celebrate the anniversary.
In 2016 she will tour the UK with the London Philharmonia Orchestra and be Artist In Residence at The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
You can read more about Catrin’s own projects by visiting her website www.catrinfinch.com