Kate Gould, Cello
Kate Gould has an exciting and varied international performing career. During her studies at the Royal Academy of Music she formed the Leopold String Trio, which rocketed to fame through the numerous prizes and awards it achieved, including Young Concert Artists Trust, ECHO Rising Stars, Royal Philharmonic Award, BBC New Generations Artists and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award. They performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall. Each disc they recorded for Hyperion Records was met with the deepest praise from national press and the major music magazines. The trio often collaborated with exceptional pianists such as Paul Lewis and Marc Andre Hamelin, with whom they also made recordings for Hyperion.
Kate is now thrilled to be focusing on the piano trio repertoire with her present group, the London Bridge Trio, with violinist David Adams and pianist Daniel Tong. She set up the flourishing Winchester Chamber Music Festival for the group, which celebrated its tenth year in April by commissioning a new trio by Colin Matthews. She also established the Ironstone Chamber Music Festival with her sister, violinist Lucy Gould, which takes place in September in the distinctive ironstone villages of north Oxfordshire. She is a regular guest at other special festivals around the world, such as Festival de los Siete Lagos in north Patagonia, Argentina, Sunnmore Chamber Music Festival, Norway, Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and Penarth Pier Chamber Music Festival.
Since 2000, Kate has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She is invited as guest principal cellist of many orchestras in the UK, most frequently Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
In September 2017 she started teaching at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. In addition to private teaching, other teaching includes performance classes at the Royal Academy of Music, annual classes and orchestral sectionals at the Festival de los Siete Lagos, Argentina, coaching the cello section of the Ulster Youth Orchestra and numerous public masterclasses at chamber music festivals world-wide.
Kate is very fortunate to play a cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testori of Milan, 1711. The purchase was made possible by the Stradivari Trust who set up a syndicate of investors. She is seeking help to purchase their shares and own the cello herself.