Katherine Jenkinson | cello
Katherine Jenkinson is recognised as one of the UK’s leading cellists specialising in solo and chamber music. The Independent newspaper recently praised her ‘[...] technical security backed up by rare musical sensitivity’. She was musically educated at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained a ﬁrst class degree, a distinction in performance and the acclaimed Dip RAM. She has since been privileged to become an Associate of this institution (ARAM).
Katherine has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, in Africa, USA and Asia. Chamber music is a key part of Katherine’s life. She has been a member of various groups, most notably The Allegri String Quartet (2008-2011) and The Aquinas Piano Trio with whom she spends much time. Their recordings of trios by Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns (Guild) gained much praise from both Gramophone and The Strad and became their ‘Choice of the month’. The trio will be performing a ‘Schumann Cycle’ at Kings Place in 2018 and will also return to the Wigmore Hall after their sold-out debut performance in 2015.
In 2016 Katherine gave the premiere of Three Piece Suite by Oliver Davis written especially for her and her duo partner, Alison Farr. Other composers Katherine has worked closely with include Arvo Pärt, Anthony Payne, Richard Allain and Thomas Hyde for whom she has recorded as soloist and chamber musician on the Guild label. Katherine has taught performance classes at the Royal Academy of Music, masterclasses at Trinity Laban (as part of the International String Quartet Festival), Kazan Conservatory (Russia), at the Music Conservatory in Kazakhstan as well as Junior Guildhall and Junior Academy.
In 2008, Katherine had the amazing experience of playing to orphans, landmine victims and malaria patients in refugee camps on the Thailand-Burma border.
Katherine plays on an Italian cello by Taningardi made in 1703. She is grateful to the Countess of Munster for their help in the purchase and restoration of this cello.