Catherine Ardagh-Walter

Tutti Cello

Catherine was born in Winchester, Hampshire and commenced cello playing at the age of seven, as there was a space at primary school for a cellist.  After two years of study on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course, she graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1989 and went on to perform in London and throughout England as the duo-recitalist with the pianist, Emily Jeffrey. Performances included a series of recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, live Broadcasts on Classic FM and a debut recital at the Purcell Room.

She took up her post as cellist with the CBSO in 1995.  She leads a busy life with a family and a passion for growing vegetables.  She is on the staff of Birmingham Conservatoire and continues with solo and chamber music performances.  Her appearances at the CBSO’s ‘Centrestage’ series include concerts with artists such as Akiko Suwanai, Paul Lewis, Elizabeth Batiashvili, Freddy Kempf and Baibe Skride.  Since joining the CBSO, highlights have included visits to Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Tokyo and a gorgeous week in Aix en Provence playing in Janacek’s ‘Jenufa’ with Simon Rattle. Other highlights were recording the Elgar Violin Concerto with Nigel Kennedy, an evening with Renee Fleming, and the amazing ‘Pink Martini’ in Symphony Hall.

Catherine plays on an Italian cello made in 1560 by Gaspar da Salo.