Thursday 23 February 2023 at 7:30 pm
at St Mary's Church
Caterina Grewe piano
Brahms 3 Intermezzi, Op.117
Schumann Carnaval, Op.9
Liszt Sonata in B minor, S.178
German-Japanese Pianist Caterina Grewe, born in Tokyo, has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the UK, continental Europe and Asia as a Steinway Artist. She has given recitals in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Steinway Hall London and Hamburg, Cadogan Hall, Fairfield Halls, Mozartsaal and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Dublin National Concert Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire amongst others. Caterina has also given recitals which were broadcasted by the BBC, the NDR in Hamburg and France Musique in Paris. She appeared alongside Lang Lang on Sir Micheal Parkinson’s TV Show ParkinsonMasterclass which was aired on Sky TV in 2013. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Classic Philharmonic Orchestra Hamburg, the Lüneburg Symphony Orchestra, the Oldenburg State Orchestra, the RCM Symphony Orchestra, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with conductors Robert Stehli, Thomas Dorsch, Robin O’Neill, Manel Valdivieso and Alan Buribayev.
Caterina has won numerous prizes at world-renowned piano competitions such as third prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and the Dublin International Piano Competition where she was a finalist and prize winner in 2015. Other prizes include First Prize at the 2010 Lagny-Sur-Marne International Piano Competition in Paris, First Prize at the Norah Sande Award in Eastbourne in 2010, First Prize at the 2011 Mayenne International Piano Competition in France, and First Prize at the 2014 Rhodes International Piano Competition in Greece. During her time at the Royal College of Music, Caterina won all major prizes including First Prize (Kendal Taylor Beethoven Piano Prize) at the annual RCM Beethoven Piano Competition in 2009 and First Prize at the Concerto competition in 2012, which led to a performance of Liszt’s First Piano Concerto at the Wimbledon International Music Festival under the baton of Robin O’Neill. Caterina was also awarded the HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rose Bowl by the Prince of Wales for her outstanding achievements during her studies at the Royal College of Music. In 2016, she won Second Prize at the 8thLyon International Piano Competition and was also selected as one of the 30 competitors to participate in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In 2018, she won First Prize at the Changhsa International Open Piano Competition in China.
Caterina studied with Gabriele Wulff at the Hamburg Conservatory, with the late Bernard Roberts at the Chetham’s School of Music and completed her studies at the Royal College of Music in 2013 where she studied with the late Yonty Solomon, Ian Jones, Professor Vanessa Latarche and Professor Dmitri Alexeev. Caterina holds the Bachelor of Music (BMus), Master of Music (MMus) and Artist Diploma (ArtDip), all completed with distinction. Throughout her studies, she was generously supported by the Monica and Guy Black Award, AHRC scholarship, RCM Henry Wood Trust, RCM David Young Piano Prize, Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Musicians Benevolent Fund.
Caterina is recognised for the beauty, poetry, and temperament that her playing displays and the depth and maturity in her interpretations. She has always been especially drawn to the music of German Romantic composers. Schumann is one of her favourite composers and it is only suitable that her debut CD for KNS Classical (which was released in April 2016) features one of his most treasured works (Davidsbündlertänze) and one of his rather unduly undiscovered works (Sonata No.3, “Concert sans orchestra”).
Caterina joined the piano faculty of the renowned Purcell School in 2013 and was appointed as a piano professor at the Royal College of Music in 2019. She has given many masterclasses across Europe and abroad and has been a jury member of several piano competitions, including the International Vladimir Krainev Young Pianists Competition, 3rd Singapore International Youth Piano Competition and the SAE International Piano Competition.