Catherine Mackintosh

violinist, teacher, coach, artistic leader


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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 the 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) nominated for a Gramophone Award.

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.



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