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Kate Price - 'cellist


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Kate Price is performing to considerable international critical acclaim. The L.A. Times wrote of the young 'cellist, "she sparkled as the soloist in Shostakovich's First Concerto. She seemed to plumb the depths of this brooding work and attain its intense heights with ease, never forcing her points but making them dead-on. Her timing, pacing and inflection were similarly simple and true."

After her Wigmore hall debut, she received a rave review from "The Strad" magazine, which included the comment that she "...seems destined for greatness". This closely followed first appearances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, with Jeffrey Kahane, and, her New York debut at the Carnegie Recital hall for which she won equal accolades from the audience and press, and, was followed in Spring 1999 with her debut at the Alice Tully Hall, at New York's Lincoln Center. A busy schedule followed including appearances at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast and the Purcell Room, London; performances in several British festivals, concert tours throughout the USA, Spain, The Seychelles, and broadcasts for American and British radio and television. Her recitals and concerto performances at the Bloch Festival in Oregon, USA were a critical sensation. Two documentaries are being made about Kate to be shown on the BBC networks and American TV.

Other engagements included a performance of Walton's Cello Concerto in the presence of Lady Walton in London. In January 200 Kate gave the World Premier of the George Lloyd Cello Concerto in Albany, New York.

Future engagements in 2001 include an extensive tour throughout Spain, a return to the Bloch Festival, Oregon, further concerts in the USA, Israel, the Far East, and the UK including appearances on television, and broadcasts for Spanish, American and British radio.

Kate has won many prizes and awards for her playing and all the awards available to her in her native Wales. She is the first person to hold the National Welsh American Foundation Scholarship on both sides of the Atlantic. She is a music scholar of the English Speaking Union. Kate studied with the internationally renowned 'cellist Lynn Harrell at the Piatigorsky Studio in Los Angeles, and was, until his recent death, a student of the legendary William Pleeth in London. She was also invited to attend his master classes for solo 'cellists at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh for three consecutive years. In 1998 six new works were commissioned especially for her by arts institutions in Wales and England.

Kate's 'cello was made my Francesco Rugeri in 1705, and she plays on a bow made especially for her my Master Bowmaker, John Stagg of Bristol.

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