Katharine Rawdon, flutist
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The American flutist Katharine Rawdon has been one of the most versatile musicians on the Portuguese scene since arriving in Lisbon. She has been Flute Section Leader in the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa of the Lisbon National Opera House for 24 years, performing under eminent conductors including Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Nello Santi, Antonio Pirolli, and Michel Plasson. Along with performing symphonic, opera and ballet repertoire, she has been soloist in the complete works of Bach, the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C Major, and Alexandre Delgado’s Flute Concerto. She has also performed concertos with the O.S.P., the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Orquestra Clássica do Porto, the Orquestra Nova Filarmonia, the National Orchestra of New York, the New York Concertante Orchestra, and the San Luis Chamber Orchestra in California, in works ranging from Mozart to Boulez.
Before moving to Lisbon, she performed under Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Masur as a member of the Tanglewood Fellowship Orchestra and was presented twice at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as flutist of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, which took First Prize in the Yellow Springs (Ohio) and Artists International Debut Competition (New York). She also performed with the Amorphous Consort, an ensemble dedicated to new chamber works including classical guitar, in New York City, Boston, and for WGBH and NRP Radio.
CHAMBER MUSIC AND RECITALS
Fluent in contemporary techniques, she has premiered dozens of works on C flute, Alto, Bass, and Piccolo with Syrinx : XXII and OrchestrUtópica, as well as with her flute and percussion duo Machina Mundi, the Manhattan Wind Quintet and the Amorphous Consort. A recent interest is performance on the baroque flute in concerts by Syrinx: XXII with the preeminent recorder player António Carrilho. She has performed as a guest in Lisbon performances with the Sinfonia Varsóvia, as well as with the Leipzig String Quartet and Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic.
She regularly performs with the pianist Raj Bhimani; a recording of a new work dedicated to them by the eminent French composer Thérèse Brenet will be released in 2017. With Mr. Bhimani, she has performed in New York, California, and Paris, as well as in Portugal and for the Portuguese National Radio. She has also performed with the pianists João Paulo Santos, Anne Kaasa, and Arlene Shrut.
Her involvement with young musicians is long-standing: she has served on many juries for the Portuguese Young Musicians' Prize since 2003, regularly presents masterclasses, and maintains a private studio in Lisbon. Along with flutist colleagues Stephanie Wagner (Remix Ensemble) and Raquel Lima (ESMAE, Porto), she is a co-founder of the Academia de Flauta de Verão (Summer Flute Academy), an innovative course held since 2013 in Porto, Portugal, in July. She conceived the A.F.V.’s Composition Competition for Works for Flutes, which has four first-prize-winning works now published by Scherzo Editions and premiered in its 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions.
Since 2009, she is an Adjunct Professor at ESART of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, where in 2015 she was awarded the “Specialist Title” in Flute Performance, an equivalent to the DMA degree. She has also created several special concerts for children and families which have been presented at venues such as the Belem Cultural Center’s “Arts Factory”: “Mother Goose” (Ravel) in collaboration with Madalena Wallenstein, projects for the CCB's Big Bang Festival, as well as at the Lisbon National Opera House: “Around the World in 20 Flutes” with Syrinx : XXII.
As a performer of Verne Q. Powell flutes, piccolos and alto flute for over 30 years, the renowned Boston-based company has chosen her as their Exclusive Representative in Portugal, offering personal and expert assistance to flutists in search of their dream instrument.
Katharine Rawdon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Allen Prize in Music from Pomona College in California, where the composer Karl Kohn was a major influence. She then studied independently throughout Europe as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, received a Master of Music degree with Honors from the Manhattan School of Music, and was a Fellow of the National Orchestral Association in New York City and of the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra.
Her principal flute teachers include many of the finest names in the United States: Gary Woodward, Anne Diener Zentner, Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson and Robert Dick. She has also been privileged to work personally with many legendary flutists in the U.S. and Europe: Julius Baker, Frans Vester, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Paul Verhey, Rien de Reede, William Bennett, Geoffrey Gilbert, Trevor Wye, Alain Marion, and Thomas Nyfenger. She also counts Thies Roorda, Pedro de Alcantara and Seymour Bernstein as important musical influences.