Katherine Bryan made her concerto debut at the age of 15 with Daniel Harding and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in London, and later made her US concerto debut at New York’s Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra. She has since performed as soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hallé, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and English Baroque Soloists.
Katherine's debut solo recording of the Nielsen and Liebermann flute concertos, Poulenc Flute Sonata (orchestrated by Sir Lennox Berkeley) and Hüe Fantasie, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel, was released to great acclaim in September 2010. Following this success, Katherine released a further disc of concertos in May 2013, including works by Ibert, Martin and Rouse. Katherine's recording of the Rouse Flute Concerto is the work’s first ever British recording. Her latest album, Silver Bow, described by the Scotsman as ‘a breathtaking package’, is a collection of transcriptions of music for violin and orchestra including Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and was released in September 2015. It was chosen as one of Classic FM's top 20 albums of 2015.
A winner of the prestigious Audi Music Competition, Katherine studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, and won a full scholarship to study flute at the Juilliard School, New York, with Jeanne Baxtresser and Carol Wincenc. She was a prizewinner in the Royal Overseas League Music Competition, and in the Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York, and she was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year for three consecutive competitions. She was awarded the Julius Isserlis Scholarship by the Royal Philharmonic Society.
At the age of just 21 she was appointed Principal Flute with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a position she still holds today in addition to appearing as concerto soloist with leading orchestras worldwide. Katherine is currently a lecturer in flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Chetham’s School of Music. She is a regular guest principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has also played guest principal with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Scotttish Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and London Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé and Seattle Symphony.
Katherine has appeared at major international festivals, including the Cheltenham Music Festival, as both concerto soloist and recitalist. She has given live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and BBC television. Forthcoming projects include a new solo album for Chandos Records.