Artistic Director Kathryn Stott
Born in Lancashire, Kathryn studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. Her teachers included Nadia Boulanger, Vlado Perlemuter and Kendall Taylor.
A regular visitor to international festivals both as soloist and chamber musician, Kathryn has constantly performed around the world since 1978, when she was a prize winner in the Leeds International Piano Competition. Performances continue to be varied with appearances at the BBC Proms, extensive tours of Australasia, and collaborations with artists as diverse as cellist Giovanni Sollima, JP Jofre and his Hard Tango Chamber Band and Janine Jansen. To celebrate their 30th anniversary of performing together, Kathryn recorded ‘The Arc of Life’ with Yo-Yo Ma and her recent solo release ‘Solitaires’ for BIS, continues her exploration of French works for piano. Upcoming performances include tours to Asia and the USA with Yo-Yo Ma, concerto and recital performances in the UK, and concerto performances with Piers Lane and the Western Australia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
With a vast repertoire, Kathryn has maintained a keen interest in contemporary music and has had many works written especially for her. In particular, her close musical relationship with the composer Graham Fitkin has led to 7 World premieres. She is a remarkable exponent of Tango and other Latin dance music, reflected in her collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and leading South American musicians on the Grammy Award-winning Sony CD ‘Soul of the Tango’ and its successor ‘Obrigado Brazil’. In the recording studio she has created a large and eclectic body of work including concertos and solo repertoire. Apart from her CDs with Yo-Yo Ma, she has amongst others recorded with Truls Mørk, Christian Poltéra, Guy Johnston, the Doric String Quartet, Noriko Ogawa, Tine Thing Helseth, the BBC Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Latest solo recording releases include an 8 CD box set re-release of her Conifer recordings on SONY.
Kathryn Stott has been the artistic vision behind many major festivals and concert series. ‘Piano 2000’ and ‘Piano 2003’ ( Bridgewater Hall, Manchester) established her reputation as an astute programmer; and following the earlier ‘Fauré and the French Connection’ she was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government. From 2009 - 2014 she was Artistic Director of the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society and was Guest Artistic Director of Incontri in Terra di Siena in 2010 and 2011. Kathryn curated a series of 6 concerts called ‘Dance!’ for Leeds International Concerts in 2014. Kathryn was joint Artistic Director of the Fjord Classics Festival in Norway in 2017 before moving to take up her position as Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
A dedicated teacher, Kathryn is a visiting professor and Honorary Chair at the Royal Academy of Music in London, holds the position of International Chair at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and regularly visits Chethams School of Music. Kathryn joined the piano faculty of the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 2016.
Kathy Stott has a daughter, Lucy, and lives in Manchester. A keen walker, she enjoys being out in the countryside and spending time with her working cocker spaniel, Archie.