Katherine Bryan - flute
Katherine Bryan made her concerto debut at the age of just 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 Julliard Orchestra. She has since performed as soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Hallé, Nurnberger Symphoniker, New York Philharmonic and English Baroque orchestras.
A winner of the prestigious Audi Music Competition at the age of 15, Katherine initially studied at Chetham School of Music, Manchester, UK and won a full scholarship to study flute at the Julliard School of Music, 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. Katherine spent the summers of 2001 and 2002 in Japan with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra working with conductors including Charles Dutoit.
At the age of just 21, Katherine 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. She is currently a lecturer in flute at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has played as Guest Principal with the London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, Scottish Chamber, Royal Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Halle 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.
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'...a testament to Katherine Bryan's intelligence and musicianship...'more >>MusicWeb International
'It’s the virtuoso showpieces that really make you sit up and take notice...warmly recommended.'more >>BBC Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'
'Beautiful playing. Absolutely stunning…A wonderful range of repertoire. And it’s all music people would know and love…Just one of many fabulous transcriptions for much-loved violin repertoire, but for the flute, on a terrific CD called the "Silver Bow".'The Scotsman
'A breathtaking package.'more >>BBC Radio 3 'In Tune'
'She plays glitteringly…and beautifully…It gives a different texture and a different way into the piece...Fantastic! Katherine Bryan you’ve made the case!'Maestro Steve
'Highly recommended!'more >>Daily Telegraph
‘...appealingly liquid timbre, fluency and pearly articulacy...'Classical Candor
'Bryan is a flutist of the first order, her playing sensitive and flowing.'more >>Pizzicato
‘Bryans kristalliner Ton schwebt durch den Raum und macht die intimen Momente der music zu einem besonderen Erlebnis.’more >>Fanfare
‘The recording catches Bryan’s full clear tone beautifully, in perfect balance with the orchestra.’more >>American Record Guide
‘Energy and intensity is the key to a performance of the Ballade by Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890–1974), and Bryan doesn’t let up.’more >>MusicWeb International
‘...a fine performance...'more >>International Record Review
'...Bryan plays with brilliance, dexterity and sensitivity, fully matching the demands and responses placed upon the soloist.'more >>Gramophone
Choice: '...exquisitely eloquent...'more >>BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'...an interesting programme'more >>Maestro Steve
‘…captured in Linn’s sonic splendour, [it’s] simply amazing to hear…Highly recommended!’more >>McAlister Matheson Music
'Bryan offers effortless, impeccable performances…’more >>The Scotsman
Interview & Review: 'A follow-up disc that is every bit as charming, lively and challenging as the first...[and] offer[s] up a delicious cocktail of rare and beautiful music. Bryan's wistful performances do every one of them justice.'more >>AllMusic.com
'An immensely satisfying flute-and-orchestra recital.'more >>HighResMac.com
'Bryan überbrückt den Spagat zwischen moderner Atonalität und harmonischer Auflösung mit feinem, warmem Ton und zeigt, warum sie als eine der besten Flötistinnen Britanniens gilt.'more >>Hi Res Mac
‘Das wird der munteren, spielfreudigen und sehr genauen Interpretation nur gerecht.’more >>Classical Daily
‘Young flautist Katherine Bryan is rapidly establishing her place as one of Britain’s bright musical stars of the future.’Dagogo
‘Katherine has chosen a program that places maximum demands on her and the RSNO but one that delivers maximum pleasure for the listener… astonishing pyrotechnics from both the flute and the orchestra’more >>AudioVideoHD
'Sin ninguna duda un disco muy recomendable.'more >>Gramophone
Gramophone Recommended: Bryan "brings fantasy, delicacy and playfulness."more >>Winds
"...plays with beautiful control, a centered tone and warm vibrato..."more >>Klassik.com
'Ein außerordentlich anspruchsvolles Programm präsentiert die junge Ausnahmeflötistin Katherine Bryan...'more >>Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"Katherine Bryan is a marvel."more >>MusicWeb International
"...a must for flute fans and audiophiles alike."more >>The Herald
"Here is a disc that has been eagerly anticipated..."more >>International Record Review
"This lovely disc has many highlights...a fine release that deserves this warmest recommendation."more >>The Scotsman
"Bryan's natural musicality breathes an alluring quality into every performance..."more >>SA-CD.net
"...she displays her ravishing, floating tone to the full..."more >>Classical Music Magazine
"Her smooth, full-coloured sound is ideal..."more >>The Herald
"...astonishingly exciting..."more >>The Observer
"...brilliantly coloured..."more >>The Times
"Katherine Bryan invests in what she plays with heart and soul."more >>Audiophile Audition
...when you have the virtuoso playing of Ms. Bryan you have a really winning productmore >>Bristol Evening Post
"Katherine Bryan's technique is at a very high level, her playing is strong and confident..."more >>Musical Pointers
"This is a very pleasant disc which gets better and better..."more >>