Catherine Kwak

Cellist, Catherine Kwak completed her Bachelor of Music (Soloist Specialisation Performance Cello) at the age of 18 at the University of Waikato. She has performed around NZ, USA, the UK and Europe in numerous concerts, competitions and festivals as a soloist and chamber musician. Her main competition successes include being a prizewinner at the 18th International Brahms Cello Competition held in Austria, 2nd Prize 2013 ILT National Young Performer of the Year Competition, semifinalist 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young Musicians held in Washington DC, and winner 2014 ROSL/Pettman Chamber Music Scholarship. Performance highlights include the Euro Festival and Academy (Germany), International Summer Academy Biel (Switzerland), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Scotland), solo recitals in Cologne and Weimar organised by the Abegg Trio (Germany), several concerts in London at places such as St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Princess Alexandra Hall, and more. She has appeared as soloist with the Budweis Philharmonic (Switzerland), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and several other orchestra in NZ. Catherine has attended masterclasses with world renowned artists and tutors such as Maria Kliegel, Wen-Sinn Yang, Gautier Capucon, Daniel Muller-Schott, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Charles Castleman, professors at the Royal College and Academy of Music (London), Berlin University of the Arts and University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar.

Catherine maintains a busy performance and teaching schedule and works in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2019, she appeared as soloist for Auckland Live and APO’s “BBC Planet Earth II in Concert” Series, performing to sold out nights at the Civic Theatre (NZ). Upcoming engagements include soloist contracts with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Doctors’ Orchestra.


Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor, 3rd mvt "Andante" / Sergei Rachmaninov
Cello Concerto in b minor, 1st mvt / Antonin Dvorak
Suite No.3 in C major, Prelude / JS Bach
Shadow of the Hawk / Gareth Farr
Moderato from Cello Sonata Op.40 / Dmitri Shostakovich

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