“I doubt we will ever hear better recorded performances of the three piano quartets than we have here…Kate Gould’s cello in the moving slow movements of Nos 2 and 3 is breathtakingly beautiful…” Classic FM Magazine, on Brahms’ Piano Quartets, Hyperion Records.
Kate Gould has devoted her career to chamber music, primarily as a member of the Leopold String Trio and London Bridge Ensemble, in addition to her membership of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and frequent invitations to play as guest-principal cellist of the UK’s leading orchestras. She also continues to give duo recitals with pianist, Viv McLean, since they won the Tillett Trust and BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum competitions.
The Leopold String Trio disbanded in 2012 after twenty-one years, having been BBC New Generation Artists, ECHO ‘Rising Stars’ and winning awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and Borletti-Buitoni Trust. They frequently performed and recorded with eminent pianists such as Paul Lewis, Marc-Andre Hamelin and Christian Zacharius. The trio’s career culminated in a performance of Tippett’s Triple Concerto at the Barbican Centre with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, live on Radio 3.
In April 2008, Kate co-founded the Winchester Chamber Music Festival in her hometown, featuring the London Bridge Ensemble each year alongside international guest artists. It has grown into a flourishing and hugely popular highlight of Hampshire’s cultural calendar. The LBE recently performed at Wigmore Hall, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, St George’s Brandon Hill and performed live on Radio 3 from Champs Hill. In October they will record the Dvorak Piano Quartets for the Champs Hill label with their new violnist, Tamsin Waley-Cohen. They are about to embark on a residency at St John’s Smith Square.
Kate plays a Carlo-Guiseppe Testore cello of 1711. The purchase of this instrument was made possible through the Kate Gould Cello Trust, put together and managed by the Stradivari Trust.