Katie Stillman with her violin

Katie Stillman

Violin

Canadian violinist Katie Stillman began her studies in London, Ontario, before joining the Young Artists’ Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Whilst still only fifteen years of age, Katie toured Mexico giving recitals in Mexico City, San Miguel, Cuernavaca and Monterrey. In 1998, aged sixteen, Katie won the prestigious Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition in Montreal. Already establishing herself as a highly successful young soloist with regular appearances both in Canada and the UK, she subsequently won Radio Canada’s Young Artists Performance Prize for the broadcast of her Toronto recital.

From an early age Katie began attending Pro Corda, a chamber music school in Suffolk which provided training for talented young players. She was a founding member of the Barbirolli Quartet which was selected by the European Concert Halls Organisation as the UK Concert Halls’ nominated ‘Rising Stars’. Other highlights included concerts at the Verbier, Aldeburgh and Aix-en-Provence festivals, Mananan International Festival, the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival and Septembre Musical Montreux Festival. They released a CD of Britten, Bliss and Delius on the Nimbus Label in 2012.

Katie formed a duo with English pianist Simon Lane whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and they are celebrating their 10th Anniversary year in 2015. The duo has won numerous awards and acclaim, including the RNCM Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize, being selected for the Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform and the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Maisie Lewis Award and the Park Lane Group Young Artists’ New Year Series at the Purcell Room.

In parallel with her chamber music work, Katie enjoys a busy orchestral career. She regularly guest leads and co-leads many UK orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as as London Concertante and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG). Highlights in 2014 have included ‘Birtwistle at 80’ with BCMG, recorded for BBC Radio 3, which included a doubling part on the viola, a performance in the BBC Proms with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Sir Neville Marriner and Joshua Bell and a tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Charles Dutoit conducting a programme of Ravel and Poulenc. She has recently become a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

For the past three years she was a faculty member at the Junior Trinity College of Music and in 2015 begins teaching at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.