Kathy began piano and cello lessons at age seven and made her debut piano recital in 2007 at the Callaway Music Auditorium, raising funds for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Western Australia. As a soloist, Kathy has performed in Australia, the USA, China, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, and has been mentored by international artists including Peter Frankl, Bernd Goetzke, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Victor Rosenbaum, Joanna MacGregor, Steven Osborne and Ralf Gothóni.
As a soloist, Kathy has performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra, and Chopin's Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Zelman Memorial Symphony. Other solo appearances include performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Iwaki Auditorium, South Melbourne Town Hall, State Library of Victoria, and the Government Ballroom House of Western Australia. Recently, Kathy performed at Barbican Hall as part of the Pre-LSO 2020 series, the 2018 Ribble Valley International Piano Festival, at the Muiden Muiderslot and Alkmaar Remonstrantse Kerk for the International Holland Music Sessions, at St James Piccadilly, St Mary’s Perivale and at Birmingham Town Hall.
Kathy was the winner of the 2018 Birmingham International Piano Competition, and winner of the Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Musician from Overseas at the 2019 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition. She was a semi-finalist of the 2019 Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, and is a recipient of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Mary Elizabeth McComas Piano Scholarship and the University of Melbourne’s Sir Arthur Sims Travelling Scholarship. Kathy has also won prizes and been a finalist in the Glass Sellers Company Beethoven Prize, Melbourne Recital Centre Great Romantics Competition, Australian Youth Classical Competition, 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award, Australian National Piano Award, ABC Young Performers Awards, and the John Allison Henderson Piano Scholarship.
As an active and passionate chamber and collaborative pianist, Kathy enjoys performing with the Armorel Piano Trio at many concert venues including St Johns Waterloo, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Mary’s Perivale, and St Barnabas Church.
Kathy studied with Glenn Riddle at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours. She then relocated to London for her Masters of Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was awarded a Concert Recital Diploma for a High Distinction in a Final Recital. Kathy completed her Artist Diploma with full scholarship under Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’Hora. Kathy is grateful for the generous support of the Guildhall School Trust, Tait Memorial Trust, and Talent Unlimited. She is currently mentored by Timothy Young at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Like most, Kathy started her Ashtanga yoga and sourdough bread making journey during the COVID-19 lockdown and continues to explore these hobbies on a semi-regular basis. Kathy has also worked with Music Traveler, a European startup that focuses on enabling travelling performing artists to have access to spaces for rehearsal, practice, and performance throughout Europe.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Jan Grant, Anne and Greg Sewell, Robert Whitehead, Igor and Jenny Zambelli, Robyn Harris, Meredith Baldwin, Carolynne and Geoffrey Dobbin,
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