Katy Bircher - Biography
Katy Bircher read music at Magdalen College, Oxford and went on to study early flutes with Stephen Preston and Lisa Beznosiuk at the Royal College of Music where she won the Century Prize for Early Music. She is now established as a specialist of early flutes and, as such, has worked with most of the UK based early music groups in repertoire ranging from Dowland to Wagner.
Katy has played concertos with the Kings Consort, La Serenissima, Fiori Musicali, Florilegium, the Hanover Band and Concerto Caledonia and in 2006 will take part in a world-wide tour of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos under the direction of Trevor Pinnock. As a soloist she has performed alongside Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Mark Padmore, Robert Levin, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Nigel North, appearing in concerts across Europe, the United States and the Far East. As principal flute of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, she has contributed to their many award winning recordings, notably Bach's Easter Oratorio and St Matthew Passion, and Mozart's C minor Mass (Deutsche Grammophon)
Katy teaches baroque flute at Birmingham University, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Southampton University, and has given masterclasses in the UK and abroad.