Internationally renowned harpist and composer Catrin Finch is one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation.
A childhood prodigy, Catrin studied under Elinor Bennett achieving the highest mark in the UK for her Grade 8 ABRSM exam at the age of nine. She studied at The Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music with Skaila Kanga, graduating with the Queens Commendation for Excellence in 2002. Catrin is the former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. Holding the appointment from 2000-2004, she had the honour of reviving this ancient tradition last held in 1873 during Queen Victoria’s reign.
Catrin has performed extensively throughout the USA, South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Europe, both as a soloist, and appearing with many of the world’s top orchestras, and has recorded for many of the major international recording companies, including Universal Records, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and Sony Classical, both solo and with notable artists such as Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway and Julian Lloyd-Webber.
A versatile, fearless and ground-breaking artist, Catrin continues to explore and push the boundaries of her art with award-winning international collaborations with artists such as kora maestros Seckou Keita (Senegal) and Toumani Diabaté (Mali) and Colombian joropo cowboy virtuosos Cimarrón.
“Finch ultimately sweeps the listener along with a bravado passion and expressive freedom that captivates the imagination” - CLASSIC FM MAGAZINE
“With one touch of the strings she pulverised the stereotype of harpists as pretty, angelic strummers....” NEW YORK TIMES ON CATRIN FINCH
“Catrin Finch flits between the classical and contemporary music worlds – clearly something she relishes as she’s proved to be a most open and willing collaborator” Jo Frost, SONGLINES
Catrin is currently an Artist in Residence at Liverpool Philharmonic 2020/21 with her musical partner Seckou Keita.
Catrin plays Other Voices Cardigan as part of Gŵyl 2021 on 6 + 7 March. Full details on Other Voices Cardgian here: https://bit.ly/3q91Zmm