The Cayman Arts Festival, in its ongoing bid to bring top-quality musical talent to the Cayman Islands, is welcoming Catrin Finch to the local stage on Tuesday. The world-famous harpist will be playing in The Ritz-Carlton’s ballroom for one night only, and the public is encouraged to come out and hear a true aficionado who has performed for audiences everywhere, including the Royal Family.
Catrin Finch is the former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. Prince Charles, holding the appointment from 2000-2004.
The recital will feature works by Bach, Grandjany, Debussy, Hindemith, Patterson, Salzedo, Parish-Alvars, Rota, Liszt, Renie, Piazzola and Godefroid.
Marius Gaina, Executive Director of the Cayman Arts Festival said, “[This] is our main autumn event, and we would recommend the public come to hear this artist, [as she is] probably one of the most important ones to visit here in 2016.”
Catrin Finch biography
Catrin Finch is the most accomplished harpist in the U.K. Inspired to learn the harp at the age of 5, her rise to prominence started immediately when, studying under Elinor Bennett, she achieved the highest mark in the U.K. for her Grade 8 exam at the age of 9.
After studying at The Purcell School, Finch went on to graduate from the Royal Academy of Music in 2002 where she studied with Skaila Kanga and received the Queen’s Award for the most outstanding student of her year. She then went on to win the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, and subsequently has been nominated for Classical Brit Awards and has also received an “Echo Klassik” award in Germany.
Ms. Finch is the former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. Prince Charles, holding the appointment from 2000-2004; in doing so, she revived this ancient traditional appointment that had last been held in 1873.
She has appeared with many of the world’s top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Mozart Players, and the English Chamber Orchestra.
Festival appearances include Salzburg, Edinburgh, Spoleto, Smithsonian Folklife, MDR Musiksommer Festival in Leipzig, Le Domaine Forget and Lanaudiere Festivals in Canada and the Gödöllo Harp Festival in Hungary.
Ms. Finch has recorded for all of the major recording companies, including Universal Records, DG, EMI and Sony Classical, in both a solo capacity and with notable artists such as Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway and Julian Lloyd Webber.
In 2013, she collaborated with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita on a record celebrating the harp traditions of Wales and West Africa. “Clychau Dibon” was outstandingly well received, winning the 2014 Album Of The Year in both fRoots and Songlines, sitting atop the World Music charts for a number of weeks.
March 2015 saw the release of Finch’s self-composed album “Tides,” in partnership with the charity WaterAid, which included a visit to Ethiopia in February to bring the harp to a wider audience. In 2015, she toured Patagonia with BBC NOW and this year she toured the U.K. with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and was Artist In Residence at The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Tickets for the Catrin Finch performance on Tuesday are US$50 for adults and US$20 for students and can be bought online at www.caymanartsfestival.com.
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The performance begins at 7 p.m.