Katherine Bryan

Flute

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Katherine Bryan

Flute

“Exuberance of spirit coupled with the mellowness of her golden timbre lend […] a lightness, energy and mellifluous fluency, with the rich sonority of her flute’s lower register coming into its own…”
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One of the world's most outstanding young flute soloists, Katherine Bryan is known for her virtuosic, expressive performances and exceptionally rich, warm tone.

Biography —

One of the world’s most outstanding young flute soloists, Katherine Bryan is known for her virtuosic, expressive performances and exceptionally rich, warm tone. She has appeared with BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Halle, Nurnberger Symphoniker, New York Philharmonic and English Baroque orchestras, as well as the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (with Daniel Harding) when just 15 years old.

A winner of the prestigious Audi Music Competition, Katherine initially studied at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester, and won a full scholarship to study flute at the Juilliard School in New York, where she won the four-yearly flute concerto competition. She was 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, and at age 21 was appointed Principal Flute with the RSNO.

Katherine's debut solo recording was released to great acclaim in September 2010, featuring concerti by Nielsen and Liebermann, Poulenc Sonata (orch Berkeley) and Hue Fantasie with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel. Further to this success, Katherine released a further disc of concertos in May 2013, including works by Ibert, Martin and Rouse, which was celebrated by a launch at National Geographic London Store as part of the Cultural Calendar. Katherine's recording of the Rouse Concerto is the first ever British recording. Her third album, Silver Bow, described by The Scotsman as "a breathtaking package" is a collection of transcriptions of music for violin and orchestra and was released in September 2015. It was chosen as one of Classic FM's top 20 albums of 2015.

Katherine appears frequently on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and BBC television.

Katherine is thrilled to wear ROX jewellery - ROX

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Extraordinary reviews from Katherine Bryan’s concerts with RSNO

Katherine Bryan was the star of the show at the RSNO's concerts at the weekend in Edinburgh and Glasgow. As well as performing her arrangement of Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, she also premiered Martin Suckling's long-awaited flute concerto The White Road. Read the reviews from The Scotsman, The Herald, and more. Read more

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Reviews —

"A breathtaking package"

The Scotsman

"Bryan has intellect and comprehensive musical resource including expressively in endless supply. She is a great musician, a wonderful communicator..."

The Herald

“Exuberance of spirit coupled with the mellowness of her golden timbre lend the first movement a lightness, energy and mellifluous fluency, with the rich sonority of her flute’s lower register coming into its own…”

Gramophone

“Katherine Bryan invests in what she plays with heart and soul….”

The Times

"Bryan is a remarkable name among the few flutists building an international solo career. She has reached such a level of effortless and natural music making... creating an exceptionally rich colour spectrum"

Helsinki Sanomat

“Her playing of Debussy’s Syrinx, the ne plus ultra of the solo flute repertoire, is exquisitely eloquent…”

Gramophone

“Bryan produces a performance of the highest quality, with plenty of unforced poetry but no syrupy sentimentality…”

International Record Review

“The programme is varied, all the better to show off the many facets of her playing: her range of timbres, her flawless passage work, and her ability to switch between moods and styles at a moment's notice… as it goes on the music just keeps getting better and better”

MusicWeb International

Selected Discography —

Silver Bow

Exuberance of spirit coupled with the mellowness of her golden timbre lend the first movement a lightness, energy and mellifluous fluency, with the rich sonority of her flute’s lower register coming into its own...

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