Meet the Leader

Catherine Lawlor

Catherine Lawlor began studying the violin at the age of seven with Janis Moore and subsequently with Adrian Adlam. In 2009, she won a full scholarship to study with Marius Bedeschi at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and graduated with first class honours in 2013. She continued her studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music, New York, under Daniel Phillips and completed her masters in 2015. During her undergraduate and master’s degrees she was awarded many prizes for both performance and academic achievement including the Balsam Scholarship for Chamber Music and the Graduating Masters Award. Catherine is a promoter of new music, and whilst studying for her undergraduate degree she sat as leader of the new music group, Sinfonia Newydd. She continued her exploration of contemporary music in New York as a member of Queens College New Music Group. A particular highlight was performing Harold Meltzer’s Sindbad (Piano Trio & Actor) with the composer in the role of the actor at Carnegie Hall.

Catherine is now a freelance musician who has performed as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA. As an orchestral musician, Catherine has played for ensembles such as: BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW), Sinfonia Cymru, Cardiff Sinfonietta, Cinematic Sinfonia, The Son Project, Camerata Freden, Cinematic Sinfonia and British Sinfonietta, as well as winning placements with BBC NOW and Welsh National Opera whilst she was studying for her undergraduate degree. She has recorded for film (independent), television and radio for Amazon Prime, the BBC and Avanti.