Masterclass with Catherine Mackintosh

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Recital Hall East

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers you the opportunity to attend a masterclass with acclaimed period Violinist, Catherine Mackintosh. You are invited to witness her working with talented students, workshopping techniques to perfect their craft in an ‘open lesson’ format.

Catherine Mackintosh
Period violin

After a conventional training at the Royal College of Music, Catherine took up the viol and baroque violin, attracted by the expressive possibilities which early instruments can bring to pre-classical repertoire. Over the past 4 decades, she has taken part in a fascinating era of discovery, pioneering many ground-breaking projects played for the first time on original instruments.

Catherine was leader of the Academy of Ancient Music 1973-1988. During this period she made countless best-selling recordings for Decca, amongst which Handel’s ‘Messiah’, the first complete cycle of Mozart symphonies on original instruments, and Vivaldi’s ‘L’Estro Armonico‘ and ‘Four Seasons‘ were highlights. She also took part in Norrington’s celebrated EMI recordings with the London Classical Players.

She has directed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  of which she is a founder member, in London, the Göttingen and Istanbul Festivals, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Brazil, Rome, U.S.A’s Tanglewood and Lincoln Centre, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Now having retired from her position as leader, she continues to enjoy playing chamber music with OAE colleagues.

Her extensive discography includes over 40  CDs with the Purcell Quartet (Chandos), Bach violin concertos (Hyperion), Bach sonatas with Maggie Cole (Chandos), Vivaldi viola d’amore concertos (OAE/Hyperion)

In classical repertoire she plays with fortepianist Geoffrey Govier as Duo Amadè. They recently completed recording the  Mozart violin and piano sonatas (Chandos) and appeared in the Mozart Festival in Cluj (Romania), Royal College of Music and National Trust’s Hatchlands in programmes of the complete Mozart sonatas. Catherine has passed on her enthusiasm for earlier styles of performing to countless musicians.

From 1977-2001 she was professor of baroque and classical violin and viola at the Royal College of Music. At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (previously R.S.A.M.D.) she has directed concerts, Purcell’s semi-operas, Handel’s ‘Serse’ and Monteverdi’s Vespers. Now in demand for masterclasses, orchestral direction and coaching, she has formed close links in Eastern Europe with Aestas Musica International Summer School, and other Croatian, Czech  and Hungarian ensembles. From 2008-2011 she taught  baroque violin at The Hague Royal Conservatoire. and is a visiting professor of London’s Royal College, Sydney Conservatory Australia, San Francisco Conservatory U.S.A and Zagreb Academy Croatia. She is a Fellow of RCM and RSAMD.


ticket pricing
  • Free, bookings not required.