Catherine Beynon - Harp
Catherine Beynon began playing the harp at the age of eight, and attended both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London and then completed her studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Lyon with Fabrice Pierre.
She is an extremely enthusiastic chamber musician and has performed across Europe and Japan with numerous distinguished artists such as Quatuor Debussy, Francois Le Roux and The Lindsay String Quartet. Catherine has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Halls and St Martin-in–the-fields, and in September 1997 made her BBC Prom debut in the Chamber Music Series. She has made many chamber music recordings for labels such as Naxos, Metier and Hyperion.
She has also performed as concerto soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Chamber Orchestra.
As principal harp of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Catherine worked with many eminent conductors, such as Haitink, Ashkenazy, Giullini and Rostropovich. Since August 1999, Catherine has been principal harp of the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen (Det Kongelige Kapel) and in November 2002 was appointed principal harp of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, a post she will take up in September 2003.
In May 2000, Catherine was awarded an A.R.A.M from the Royal Academy of Music, an Honorary Degree awarded to former students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the profession.