Catherine Landen graduated with a PGDip Distinction in Violin from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in July 2013, having studied there with Maciej Rakowski. Catherine plays with the Solem Quartet, winners of the Royal Overseas League strings chamber music competition
Catherine Guy graduated with a PGDip Distinction in Violin from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in July 2013, having studied there with Maciej Rakowski. Catherine also studied in Manchester as an undergraudate, having won a place on the prestigious joint course run between Manchester University and the RNCM. She won the Hargreaves Academic Prize in 2010, graduated with a first class MusB (Hons) degree from Manchester University in 2011 and an upper GRNCM diploma from the RNCM in 2012. Originally from Hampshire, Catherine’s concerto performances include the Glazunov violin concerto with Manchester University Symphony Orchestra 2011 and Bruch violin concerto with Peter Symonds orchestra in 2007, and she has performed a public recital at Winchester Cathedral in 2008. Catherine has also appeared as a soloist with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra in July 2011 and has participated in masterclasses with Gerard Poulet, Yossi, Zivoni, Ivry Gitlis, Leland Chen, Peter Manning, Tasmin Little, Pavel Fischer and Madeleine Mitchell.
As a keen chamber musician Catherine plays with the Solem Quartet, winners of the Britten 100 intercollegiate string quartet prize in 2013 and the RNCM Nossek prize in 2012. The quartet were finalists in the Christopher Rowland Prize and have performed twice at Wigmore Hall. Catherine also played in the professional contemporary music chamber ensemble Psappha in 2010 and was selected to perform with RNCM New Ensemble at the Rouse festival for the opening of BBC MediaCityUK in a collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic. Other performances of contemporary music include a world premiere performance of Adam Gorb’s Second String Quartet and a CD recording of Professor Richard Whalley’s Intoxicating Orchids.
At the RNCM Catherine has played in numerous orchestras, including co-leading Brand New Orchestra and principal second violin in Concert Orchestra, as well as leading University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Hampshire Sinfonia. Catherine also gained a places on the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata Professional Orchestral Experience Schemes 2011-2013, and has since played as an extra player with the BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Ballet and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras. Catherine has participated in many orchestral tours including the RNCM Sinfonia tours to Italy in 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well tours to Prague, Bulgaria and Germany with other orchestras. In the pop world Catherine also played on Everything Everything’s 2010 debut album tour ‘Man Alive’ in London and Manchester and on their DVD release!