Kate Oswin

Sub-Principal No5 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.

Since then, Kate has given chamber music recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Southbank Centre, the Fondazione Cini Venice, and has toured as an Encompass Artist with Chamber Music New Zealand. She was a CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellow at the Royal Academy from 2016-18, and was winner of the First Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of a contemporary work at the Orlando International Chamber Music Competition. She gave the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final work ‘Movement for String Quartet’ at his Memorial Service at St John’s Smith Square. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio, Medici TV, the Netherlands NPO Radio, Radio New Zealand, and NHK World TV Japan. She also performed as part of the official 40th anniversary celebrations for Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, playing 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’.

Kate joined the CBSO in October 2018, originally as Tutti 1st Violin. She has previously worked on a freelance basis with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as Tutti 1st Violin with Orchestra Wellington, and was a member of the LPO ‘Future Firsts’ scheme in 2017-18.

Kate plays on a 1800 Panormo violin, on generous loan from the CBSO Endowment Fund.