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Catherine captivates audiences with a style uniquely her own, combining intense expression & discerning artistry.
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Catherine performs in venues including the Wigmore Hall, St.James's Piccadilly, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and the South Bank Centre. She regularly participates and performs in many international music festivals such as the Courchevel Summer Academy, the European Music Academy Bonn, Naples International Chamber Music Festival, the Russian Music Festival, the Thuringen Summer Academy, Bruges Academy and the Lenk Summer Academy. Catherine plays a wide range of repertoire, including classical, jazz, latin & pop. Her session works include recording at the Abbey Road Studios and RAK Studio London. Catherine was born in South Korea, and spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. She attended the Purcell School with full scholarship before moving to Germany where she studied for her Diploma. Scholarship from St.Albanstift supported her studies subsequently at the City of Basel Music Academy in Switzerland where she gained a Bachelor of Music degree. She later achieved a Master's degree in Cello Performance from the University of Music & Performing Arts Stuttgart in Germany, graduating with the highest honours for both degrees. Catherine successfully finished her Postgraduate Artist Diploma studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance under the guidance of British conductor and cellist, Richard Markson. Having close ties to her Korean heritage, Catherine has played in the Embassy Series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields supported by the South Korean Embassy, Korean Music Festival in London as well as organising fundraising concerts for European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea. Catherine is the director of Hampstead Music School and enjoys working with aspiring students and has also given cello classes at Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music in Havana, Cuba. EDUCATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS Post Graduate Artist Diploma - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, UK Chamber Music Studies - Pinerolo Music Academy, Italy Master of Music - University of Music & Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany Bachelor of Music - Basel Music Academy, Switzerland Diploma in Orchestral Music - Saarland State Academy of Music, Germany Secondary Education - The Purcell School, UK Secondary Education - Carmel College, NZ

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
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2nd Encoreversary
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Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Medieval music, Film / TV music, Fanfare, Early music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Pop, Acoustic, Easy listening, Light music
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner, Accompanist
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Song list

These are just some of the selection of music. Please feel free to request any other songs you wish to include in your event.
A Moment Like This - KELLY CLARKSON
A Thousand Years - CHRISTINA PERRI
A Whole New World - FROM ALADDIN
All You Need Is Love - THE BEATLES
Appalachia Waltz - MARK O'CONNOR
As Long As You Love Me - BACKSTREET BOYS
As Love is My Witness - WESTLIFE
Basket Case - GREEN DAY
Breathe Me - SIA
Chasing Cars - SNOW PATROL
Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - AEORSMITH
Drops of Jupiter - TRAIN
Eleanor Rigby - THE BEATLES
Everything - MICHAEL BUBLE
Everything I Do - BRYAN ADAMS
Feeling Good - MUSE
Fly Me To The Moon - FRANK SINATRA
Friend of Mine - AVICII
Gabriel’s Oboe - ENNIO MORRICONE
Game of Thrones Theme tune
Greatest Day - TAKE THAT
How Deep Is Your Love - THE BEE GEES
I Dreamed a Dream - LES MISERABLES
I'm Yours - JASON MRAZ
Isn't She Lovely - STEVIE WONDER
Jurassic Park theme tune
Just The Way You Are - BRUNO MARS
Make You Feel My Love - ADELE
Marry Me - TRAIN
Marry You - BRUNO MARS
Nothing Else Matters - METALLICA
Someone Like You - VAN MORRISON
Stand By Me- BEN E KING
Stay With Me - SAM SMITH
Suddenly I See - K T TUNSTALL
Sunshine of My Life - STEVIE WONDER
Sweet Child O' Mine - GUNS N' ROSES
The River Flows In You - YIRUMA
The Wonder of You - ELVIS
Thinking Out Loud - ED SHEERAN
Turning Tables - ADELE
Viva la Vida - COLDPLAY
We Found Love - RIHANNA
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
When I fall In Love - NAT KING COLE
With Or Without You - U2
Wonderwall - OASIS
You're Beautiful - JAMES BLUNT
Your Song - ELTON JOHN
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Suite for Solo Cello - J.S BACH
Winter (The Four Seasons) - ANTONIO VIVALDI
Chanson de Matin and Chanson de Nuit - EDWARD ELGAR
Seven Popular Spanish Songs and La Vida Breve - MANUEL DE FALLA
Sonata for Cello and Guitar - RADAMES GNATTALI
Andaluza and Danza Espanola - GRANADOS
Arpeggione Sonata - FRANZ SCHUBERT
Autumn Song and Valse Sentimental - PIOTR TCHAIKOVSKY
Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 - HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS
Jazz selection:
Libertango, Revirado and History of Tango - ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
Corcovado, The Girl from Ipanema, Agua de Beber and Desafinado - TOM JOBIM
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

You can book me as part of a duo with a guitarist, pianist or another cellist. Please find further information from my other pages.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I try best to be flexible to ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. Let me know if timings change slightly in the run up to the event and I will try best to accommodate the change.

How much time do you need to set up?

We need 30 minutes to 1 hour before the event starts to prepare.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My list is made up of pieces and songs which I have carefully selected for occasions such as weddings, corporate events and concerts. I am happy to recommend pieces from my list which have great feedbacks. I am also flexible on playing music which are not on the list.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I have my own music stand and instrument.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to suggest pieces which I think might best suit your occasion. I have a list which is made up from numerous performances I have presented over the years. However, I am happy to discuss and perform music of your choice as well.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I'm very well prepared and I make sure there are no glitches when it comes to performing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Wigmore Hall, St James's Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, South Bank Centre, Old Marylebone Town Hall & Park Lane.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Ludovico Einaudi, John Williams and Yo-Yo Ma

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Abbey Road Studios live recording, solo recital for South Korean Embassy at St Martin-in-the-Fields, concerts at international music festivals in Italy, Cuba, France, Switzerland & Spain.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300


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Purity M, 2 years ago

From the moment we booked Catherine, right until the day of the wedding, she was extremely professional, responsive and proactive. Highly would recommend!

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Thomas C, 1 year ago

Catherine performed beautifully at my friend's wedding. It was easy to communicate with her and she was really professional from beginning to end.

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Zaina P, 2 years ago

We needed to quickly find a solo musician for our company event and Catherine was most helpful in finding time and preparing music at last minute's notice. We really appreciated her professionalism and lovely playing.

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