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“You are the true artist”
— Seymour Bernstein, pianist
In the American flutist Katharine Rawdon we have an incomparable sound, rich and sensual, achieving on the alto flute a rare depth and expressivity, and even on the piccolo achieving the most versatile and malleable exploitation of the instrument.
— The Público Newspaper, Lisbon
Piping, she dances down
  Esplanades of air —
Lords and Ladies of France
Whirl with her there
And I am fallen into wondrous trances
Longing to follow, follow —
— Richard Korn, poet, on hearing Blavet
(Verdi’s Nabucco)…the audience was generous in its applause. Well-earned, considering the high level of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (as a whole, or in solo and ensemble passages), efficiently prepared and motivated by Maestro Antonio Pirolli…
— The Diário de Notícias Newspaper, Lisbon
What the listeners heard, however, was less Cardew than the OrchestrUtópica, which revealed itself to consist of attentive and secure musicians, who imaginatively incorporated the most varied sorts of gestures…and who, as a group, are able to construct a congruent and suggestive event.
— The Público Newspaper, Lisbon
Great concert! The group was great!
— Luís Henriques, Listen Lisbon blog
Marvellously played, with plenty of life, vigor, and color throughout. The sound is big and clear as well.
— Amazon review, OSP recording of Joly Braga Santos Symphony Nº 6
Orquestra estupenda.
— Diário de Notícias, "Ana Bolena" de Donizetti, 2017

Katharine Rawdon, flutist

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Katharine Rawdon is an internationally recognized American flutist living in Lisbon, Portugal, since 1988. As Principal Flute of the Lisbon Opera House Orchestra she performed under eminent conductors such as Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Nello Santi, Antonio Pirolli, and Michel Plasson. In the U.S., she performed by invitation as a soloist at several National Flute Association Conventions, and in the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra under Kurt Masur and Leonard Bernstein.

 

She is a Powell Artist, one of a select number of flutists chosen by the legendary Boston flute company to represent them in recitals and master classes, having performed in March of 2018 in Paris with fellow Powell Artists Philippe Bernold and Jean Ferrandis for the introduction of the new Powell 18k gold flute.

 

She has performed flute concertos from Bach to Boulez with the principal orchestras of Portugal, as well as with orchestras in New York and California. She is a prize-winner of the Artists’ International Debut Competition, and the Fischoff and Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competitions, and received scholarly awards including Phi Beta Kappa and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

 

In 2018, she resigned from the Orchestra to pursue her love of solo and chamber music, varied creative endeavors, and teaching. 

 

As a chamber musician she has performed on the complete family of flutes, from piccolo to contrabass flute, in Europe, the United States and India, premiering countless new works including many by contemporary Portuguese composers. She also performs on the baroque flute with the Iberian early-music ensemble La Paix du Parnasse

 

She is in demand as a master class teacher in Portugal, such as at the Porto.Flute Festival 2018, and recently in New York for Powell Flutes and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia for the Primavera Fund. She frequently serves on juries for competitions, including the Portuguese Youth Musicians Prizes, the most important national competition. Former students have continued their studies at major conservatories in Europe and the U.S., and occupy important positions in Portuguese musical life.

 

She is on the Faculty of ESART Polytechnic in Castelo Branco, Portugal. Her principal teachers were Gary Woodward and Anne Zentner in Los Angeles, Carol Wincenc in New York, and Paul Verhey in Amsterdam. She received degrees cum laude from Pomona College and the Manhattan School of Music.