Distinguished soloist and chamber performer Catherine Hewgill is Principal Cello for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Ms Hewgill was educated in Perth, Australia before travelling abroad and studying at the Royal College of Music in London, the University of Southern California and Santa Barbara Music Academy in the USA. In 1984, she received the Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship and was given a unique opportunity to study and perform with the famous Russian cellist.
She has toured Europe with I Solisti Veneti and more recently Japan with Michale Dauth and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa performing the Brahms Double. She has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and is now Principal Cellist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Ms Hewgill’s concerto performances include Haydn's Sinfonia concertante and C major and D major concertos, Elgar's Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, the Boccherini/Grützmacher Concerto in B flat and Dutilleux's Tout un monde lointain. As a chamber musician one of her notable performances was Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with Reinbert de Leeuw.
In 2011, Catherine was Principal Cello for the Australian World Orchestra in its inaugural concerts featuring 110 of the country’s leading musicians from 47 orchestras around the world.
Catherine Hewgill plays a Carlo Tononi-made 1729 cello.
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