Kate Gould


Photo: Robert Carpenter Turner

Kate has devoted most of her career to chamber music, previously as a member of the Leopold String Trio and now the London Bridge Trio with violinist, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist, Daniel Tong. This spring, the trio appears at Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, King’s Place, The Castle Hotel, Taunton and the Honeymead Festival, Somerset. Their recording of the Dvorak Piano Quartets will be released this Autumn on the Champs Hill label.

Kate has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2000 and is frequently invited to play as guest-principal cellist of the UK’s leading orchestras. She continues to give duo recitals, often with pianist, Viv McLean since they won the Tillett Trust and BBC Radio 3 ‘Young Artists’ schemes together in 1995. Kate has recently recorded ‘To the Field of Stars’ by Garfield Jackson for solo cello and choir with the Non Such Singers. In recent years she has been invited to numerous festivals, including the Sunnmøre Chamber Music Festival, Norway, and Penarth Pier Festival, Wales. In January she will travel to Patagonia to take part in the Festival Musical de los Siete Lagos en Villa la Angostura.

The Leopold String Trio’s career stretched from 1991 to 2012, achieving a string of prestigious awards: they were BBC New Generation Artists and ECHO ‘Rising Stars’, they won the Award for Chamber Music from the Royal Philharmonic Society and were recipients of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. 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 hugely successful Winchester Chamber Music Festival in her hometown, featuring the London Bridge Trio each year alongside international guest artists. She also co-founded the Ironstone Chamber Music Festival, North Oxfordshire, in 2011 with her sister, violinist, Lucy Gould.

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.

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