Catherine has studied the piano with contemporary specialist John Tilbury and maverick teacher Michèle Ries. She holds a Premier Prix from the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg and completed Advanced Performance at Goldsmiths College where she finally discovered the ‘inside’ of the piano! She soon took a particular liking to Feldman, Cardew and Cage, and also enjoyed a newfound freedom in the performance of graphic scores such as Cardew’s Treatise and free improvisation.
Over the years, Catherine has performed sporadically within the European contemporary music and free improvisation scenes – you might have heard her at Cafe Oto, Music We’d Like to Hear, Interlace, Spitalfields Festival, Tete-a-tete Opera Festival, ad hoc concert series or seeds & bridges/Hull. She has appeared alongside BJ Cole, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Ansuman Biswas, Kerry Yong and Pete M Wyer at Thomas Buckner’s Robert Ashley Tribute concert in London, and, across the Atlantic, with Matt Maneri, Roby Glod and Herb Robertson at Cornelia St Cafe and Monkeytown, New York. She was part of The British Invasion, Helsinki, together with John Lely and Henri Växby, played in James Hesford’s Piano Circle at the Southbank/London and premiered works by John Lely, Emily Wilkins, Tom Farncombe, Henri Växby as well as her own music.
She can be heard on albums by Icons of Elegance, Kawakawa, Matt Mckee, Uncle Luc and Kuningasidea. Furthermore, she has done BBC, John Peel and other live sessions for The Wedding Present, Mika Sellens and Kawakawa, and has recently toured with Quinta. She is one half of experimental duo une cartouche as well as avant-pop pair French For Cartridge and has performed and recorded extensively with these groups.
On occasion, she polishes her cello playing, mostly heard in lessons with the eminent Ivan Andrews. When presented with an electronic keyboard, she likes to add an autoharp on the side and pretend it’s a piano. If really there is no piano available at all, she will turn up with her dulcitone or little Jaymar!
Listen to some of Catherine’s performances here: