Catherine Manson

Catherine Manson – violin/leader

Photo of Catherine Manson smiling, holding violin
Catherine Manson (photo: Giorgia Bertazzi)

Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career as a soloist and chamber musician.

As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally.

She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006. Together with the orchestra’s director, Ton Koopman she has recorded the six obbligato sonatas by Bach, Haydn’s concerto for violin and organ and the complete chamber music by Buxtehude. They have given many concerts together throughout Europe.

She is frequently invited as guest leader of ensembles such as Il Gardellino, Collegium Vocale, the  Smithsonian Chamber Players in USA and Arcangelo in the UK. She has recently appeared as soloist and director with Tafelmusik in Canada and with the Orquesta Barrocca de Sevilla.

Teaching has always been an important part of her musical life; in 2001 she co-founded and now directs MusicWorks, presenting chamber music courses for young musicians. In addition to giving classes and seminars at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music she has taught at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin College, USA, the Granada International Festival’s ‘Musical Interpretation’ course, the Domaine Forget chamber music courses in Canada and given masterclasses at Juilliard School, Yale and Indiana Universities.