Katy grew up in Romsey. In 1999 she was awarded a scholarship
to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she immediately
enjoyed an active involvement within the string department. Graduating
with a first class honours degree and receiving the college string
prize in 2002, she then spent three months at the Newcastle Conservatoire,
Australia studying with Elizabeth Holowell before returning to RWCMD,
completing her postgraduate diploma in 2004. Awards include the Sir
Geraint Evans Scholarship (2003), the Dayas Music Scholarship (2003)
and the Eifion Evans Memorial Award (2004).
During her studies Katy enjoyed many orchestral and chamber opportunities, as principal of the various college orchestras, giving concerto performances with the college string ensemble and receiving masterclasses from eminent musicians such as Wen Chou Li, Philippe Graffin, Krystof Smietana and Mi-Kyung Lee. She was also selected three years running, to take part in the prestigious string placement scheme with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Katy enjoys a busy timetable playing with the Mavron Quartet, outside of which she freelances with several orchestras, records and arranges string parts for various artists and production companies, teaches the violin and has fun experimenting with sounds at home!
Previous teachers have included Peter Hanson, Nick Whiting and Michael Thomas.
What They Say
"It is particularly encouraging to have an ensemble of this high calibre living and working in Wales."
Elinor Bennett OBE