Kathryn was born in New Zealand, but made London her home after winning an ABRSM scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music
Kathryn enjoys a number of collaborations with a variety of singers and instrumentalists. Recent performances have covered a wide range of repertoire, from early songs to newly commissioned works, including those by New Zealand composers, Prelude by Nigel Keay, and Lull and School of Velocity by Warwick Blair. She has broadcast on a number of occasions on Radio New Zealand. Kathryn’s recording of the Sonata for Piano and Cello by Walter Macfarren with cellist Joseph Spooner on Dutton Epoch attracted warm critical attention, with her playing being singled out for its vivacity (Gramophone), vigour and conviction (International Record Review), and great sensitivity and skill (My Reviewer). In spring 2016, Kathryn toured New Zealand on Chamber Music New Zealand’s Encompass scheme. In 2017, following the award of a doctorate for her thesis on cadenzas to Beethoven’s piano concertos, Kathryn returned to New Zealand to premiere Czerny’s arrangement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto op. 19 for string quartet and piano with members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Kathryn gives regular University lecture-recitals. Cultural interactions between literature and music are a particular interest. A 2014 concert at the New Zealand Embassy in Paris as part of the International conference organised by the Université Paris III–Sorbonne Nouvelle and the Katherine Mansfield Society was the beginning of an extended project exploring Mansfield’s love of music and her association with the cellist Arnold Trowell. Kathryn gave a recital of works by Bach and spoke about Bach as pedagogue at a reading by the author and Nobel prize winner JM Coetzee as part of Coetzee & the Archive Conference at Senate House, London in 2017.
In addition to performing and teaching Kathryn also travels widely in her role as an examiner for ABRSM.