Kate Oswin

Tutti First Violin

Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Kate moved to London to undertake Masters studies with Remus Azoitei at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014, where she was awarded the DipRAM and Regency Award for notable achievement upon graduating.

She was selected to work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their 'Future Firsts' programme in 2017-18, which included leading a chamber orchestra concert at Royal Festival Hall conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, extensive mentoring and professional development opportunities, and working for the LPO Community and Education programmes. She has previously worked on a freelance basis with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and as Tutti First Violin with Orchestra Wellington. For the past two years she has also taught undergraduate violin students at King’s College London.

Kate performs as leader of the Behn String Quartet, winners of the Charles Hennen First Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of a contemporary work at the Orlando International String Quartet Competition. They held the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy from 2016-18, and were honoured to give the world premiere performance of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final work ‘Movement for String Quartet’ at his Memorial Service at St John’s Smith Square. Recent performances include recitals at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, at the Fondazione Cini Venice in association with Le Dimore del Quartetto, Spiegelzaal Concertgebouw, Southbank Centre, and Wigmore Hall. They toured as Encompass Artists with Chamber Music New Zealand, and their performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio, Medici TV, the Netherlands NPO Radio, Radio New Zealand, and NHK World TV Japan. The Behn Quartet were also part of the official 40th anniversary celebrations for Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, performing a specially commissioned ‘re-imagination’ of the iconic song which was featured in news outlets worldwide and hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as ‘a sweeping performance as grand as the original’.